Douglas Bush, 62, Westfield

February 25, 2019

Douglas Arthur Bush, 62, of Westfield, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital-Madison surrounded by his family.

Doug was born on Jan. 13, 1957, to Russell and Norma (Monthey) Bush. He graduated from Pardeeville High School with the Class of 1975. Life on the farm taught Doug the value of hard work and persistence. He ultimately moved to a career as a maintenance technician at Divine Savior Healthcare in 1997. He was looking forward to his retirement, but still loved his job of fixing things and making life safer and easier for the patients and staff of the hospital.

Doug loved the great outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. During his down time, he could be found feeding and photographing wildlife, or he could be working his land, planting and trimming trees, making firewood, or tending his blueberry patch.

He loved music, especially that “good old country,” and while he never played an instrument, he wrote songs and poems. He attended songwriting classes and music was always in his heart.

As a bachelor, he cooked for himself and would invent his own specialties. The family will always remember his famous “cranberry bogs,” and his made-from-scratch pizza, and he could just as easily whip up a batch of Ma Bush’s homemade biscuits.

Doug is survived by his seven siblings, Lois Bush (family friend Sister Sharee Hurtgen), James (Mary Ann) Bush, John (Gail) Bush, Donald Bush (Margie Lund), Daniel (June) Bush, Marcia (Bill) Barth, and Julie (Ron Gabbei) Standiford; many special nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Sally Lawrence.

He was preceded in death by his father, Russell, and his mother, Norma.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, N117 State Rd. 22, town of Buffalo, Pardeeville, with the Rev. Mark Miller presiding. Inurnment will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 28, 2019, at Grasse Funeral Home, 119 Industrial Drive, Pardeeville, and from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass Friday at the church.

Online condolences may be made at grassefs.com. Grasse Funeral Service in Pardeeville is serving the family.