Frank C. Bush Jr.
About the Service
Memorial Service at First Christian Church in Turlock, CA on Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Frank C. Bush Jr.
Frank C. Bush Jr. was born on July 24, 1928 in Fairview, Oklahoma, to Cora Blanch (Crowley) and Frank C Bush. At the age of eight he recalled hearing a minister say, “all God wants from you is your heart.” Frank silently vowed, “I will not only give Him my heart, but I will give Him my whole life.”
He met his sweetheart, Marilyn Endicott, when he filled the pulpit at her home church in Mount Vernon, Illinois. They were reacquainted when both were students at Lincoln Bible Institute (LBI) in Lincoln, Illinois. They were married for 65 years. He passed from this life at home in Turlock, California, on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the age of 88. He joins in Heaven his parents, his sister Ruth and brother Joseph, and his granddaughter Arah. He is survived by his children Paula McElwee (with husband John) in Fresno, CA, Michael Bush (with wife Jennifer) in Nehawka, Nebraska, Karen Williams (with husband David) of Turlock, CA, David Bush (with wife Donna) of Omaha, NE, and Melanie Clawson (with husband Jeff) of Georgetown, Illinois as well as sixteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren and two nieces and their families.
Bush’s first sermon was preached in class at LBI on January 8, 1948. He began a student ministry at Chandlerville, Illinois for $20 a week. He served as a Minister of Christ in Cornland Christian Church in Cornland, Illinois from 1950-51; Catlin Church of Christ in Catlin, Illinois (1951-1955 and 1979-83), First Christian Church in Greenville, Illinois 1955-1970; as faculty and President of Platte Valley Bible College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska 1970-1979, and as minister of Jefferson Street Christian Church in Lincoln, IL 1983-1991. He was an interim minister and consultant at numerous churches following his retirement from Jefferson Street.
Bush worked through high school and college as a printer, and became a photographer, a gift that helped all of his ministries with the blessing of a photographic record, especially at the Greenville First Christian Church and Bond Christian Service Camp in Illinois. He authored many studies, booklets, and programs that were printed and distributed in these ministries.
A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church in Turlock, CA on Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time, and will be streamed live on Frank Bush’s Facebook page for the many friends and family who are unable to attend.
The family requests donations to a memorial fund in lieu of flowers. An account has been established at the Oak Valley Community Bank, 2001 Geer Rd. Turlock CA 95382. Make checks payable to the Frank Bush Memorial fund.
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