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. 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.

Please share memories and condolences in the guest book below.


  1. Frank Bush left quite a legacy in Greenville. He had an incredible ministry that touched countless lives. His leadership led to the church relocating to 1100 Killarney on what was then the outskirts of town. Now it is in the middle of a thriving residential neighborhood, located adjacent to the Greenville schools. His foresight placed the building where it would influence people and have the opportunity to expand. The emphasis he placed on developing leaders left an indelible mark as, through the years, Greenville FCC was and continues to be blessed by devoted Christian servants. Frank laid the groundwork for much of what was accomplished later.

    Although our ministries did not overlap, I had the opportunity to follow in his shadow years after he left. He encouraged me to take the senior ministry position, love the people, work hard, and enjoy the journey. Throughout the years, he continued to be a source of encouragement and a shining example of Christian leadership. Our church and community has been richly blessed by the Bush family.

    The church family in Greenville extends our deepest sympathy to Marilyn and the whole family. We are live streaming Frank’s memorial service at 4:00 p.m. Sunday in the Side by Side classroom. The community is invited to join us.

  2. Frank Bush opened the door for me to serve in full time Christian ministry in a church setting. Ministry had been my dream since 1964.
    In 1984 Frank recommended to Jeff Street Church elders that they hire me as church secretary. They did, and he taught me much–from how to use a computer (he was an early adopter!) and offset printing press, to how to cope with mixed feelings I had about leaving the two young children my husband and I had with a daycare provider all day.
    In 1989 Frank encouraged me to apply for the open Minister of Education position at Jeff Street. I did, and was hired. God used him in my life and I’m very grateful.

  3. Looking through Dad’s files for pictures and other things for his memorial, I stumbled across a folder labeled in his distinctive hand, “Death, where is thy sting?” The series of lessons within included these words by Frank Bush about death:
    *Jesus talked about dying as a necessity. He said, “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit”. Paul uses the same thinking when he writes about our bodies being resurrected. “That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies”. Death must be seen, not as some unfortunate “happening” but as something that is an essential part of our existence.
    *Jesus accomplished two things for us — the forgiveness of sins and victory over death. So closely are these tied together that it is impossible to talk about one without talking about the other. As sin and death were related, so is Jesus’ death and resurrection.
    *Here are some things you should notice about Heaven. There is no need of sun for God is the light. Nothing unclean will be there. The river of the water of life and the tree of life will be there. There will no longer be a curse. We will see God’s face. We will reign with him forever and ever.
    *Death is sure. My time will come.
    *How will it be fore you when it is your time to cross the river Jordan? IU know if you have a strong faith in the Lord Jesus, that crossing will not fill your heart with fear. He will sustain and soothe you “as one who lies down to pleasant dreams.”

  4. Frank was a man of so many talents and used them all in serving others and leading them to the Lord.
    Frank was a great and long time friend of our family. When he was in Greenville, he married my two sisters, Charlie and me and baptized my brother. He was able to get my Mom and Dad back into Church and Dad ended up serving as an Elder. Dad loved Frank and stayed in touch after they moved away.
    Frank had a brilliant mind and never stopped learning.
    He knew his health was failing and that he was facing some hard decisions. His Lord took him mercifully and peacefully and released him from his body of pain and suffering to a beautiful eternal rest with Him and those Frank has led to the Lord.
    Sympathy to all his family and a big thank you for sharing him with all of us.

  5. President of Platte Valley Bible College from 1970 to 1979. Those of us how have had the honor of attending the college during the term of his service will remember Mr. Bush as an excellent example of a strong and compassionate Christian leader. His straightforward and highly intelligent approach to presenting the Gospel message has left an indelible impression on a great many of us who have had the great pleasure to study under his oversight. May God’s grace and comfort rest on the hearts of his family and friends knowing that He has now entered into his great reward.

  6. We remember Frank from our days with LCC, living in Lincoln, and worshiping at Jeff. St. Frank was our preacher and had the best heart! He will be greatly missed but we do rejoice at his entrance into heaven and the reward he’s been waiting for. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  7. Although I didn’t know Frank or Marilyn really well, I always enjoyed hearing his comments in our Sunday school class when he would share. They left an empty place in our class when they moved to California to be with family and now will leave another place empty as he’s moved again to be with his Lord and Savior. Praying for Marilyn and their family. May you hold dear your treasured memories in the days ahead.
    Craig and Marcia Bidwell

  8. I remember Frank from LBI days. He was a senior when I came as a freshman. And I remember Marilyn from my ministry at Boyd Ch. Ch. and when she came to LBI. Our ministries went different directions but included a summer at Platte Valley Bible College teaching ministers while the high schoolers from their churches had a week of teaching and exposure to the college. But who could predict that we would end up in the same SS class at Lincoln Ch. Ch.?
    Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
    Wayne and Janet Shaw

  9. I remember Frank from LBI days. He was a senior when I came as a freshman. And I remember Marilyn from my ministry at Boyd Ch. Ch. I remember when Marilyn came to LBI. Our ministries went different directions including a summer at Platte Valley teaching ministers while the high schoolers from their churches had a week of teaching and exposure to the college. But who could predict that we would end up in the same SS class at Lincoln Ch. Ch.? Janet and I love you and your family. Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
    Wayne and Janet Shaw

  10. Frank came to Catlin when I was in High School and was a wonderful influence in my life. He married my husband and me in 1952. I never knew until several years later that he offered to open a window in his office so Floyd could have a last chance to escape getting married. I also worked parttime as his secretary.My mother babysit the two oldest children a lot so they were like family. They all held a special spot in our lives for many years.

  11. Mr. Bush came into my life shortly after my father died. He was stern and compassionate and filled a void in my life at that critical post adolescent, not quite grown up time. He truly fulfilled the scripture in James to look after the fatherless or orphaned. A Godly man with a heart for God’s people.

  12. Frank Bush was the pastor at my church in Greenville. He baptized me and was instrumental in helping with the Bond Christian Service Camp that I attended every summer. He was truly a great leader. RIP Frank.

  13. My time at PVBC holds many memories of Frank. He always had a smile and an encouraging word. God had used this willing servant to touch many lives in many ways.

    Praying for the family.

  14. Having this past year to celebrate holidays, birthdays and in between days with dad has been something I will always cherish. Words he would say that ring still in my mind and heart are “Be careful kid” or “Take it easy today kid” or “There’s my middle daughter Carolina” and “Thank you for all you do.”

    I have learned so much from my dad and I am grateful my children had a chance to learn from him as well. I, too, will miss his popcorn, his preaching, his stories and his crinkled up eyes when he would smile or laugh. I had hoped to have a few more years, but I also know he was weary and ready to go home to his Lord and Savior and enter into his rest.

  15. Grandpa Bush – A lifelong teacher and proponent of the Lord, our savior. I feel truly blessed you came to California and that my wife and two sons were able to get to know such a great man. Many of my childhood memories were spending summers at your house learning about God, eating your famous homemade popcorn, and having fun playing games that sometimes only required a cardboard box. Your woodworking skills have stood the test of time as the train you built me when I was young is now one of Austin’s favorite toys. I love you and I’m sure heaven has a close equivalent to Jen’s pie.

  16. Frank Bush–a favorite teacher at camp and professor at PVBC. I enjoyed his style of presenting God’s word, and could always trust his teaching to be scriptural. Mr. Bush was a person you could stop and have a conversation with and not be made to feel inferior. I have enjoyed catching up, and seeing his photos, over the last few years via Facebook. Mr. Bush, you are now “home where you belong”. You will be missed but you will not be forgotten.

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