Newcomer's Noland Road Chapel

509 S Noland RD, Independence, MO


John Henry BUSH

August 21, 1931April 20, 2020

On Sunday, April 20, 2020, John Henry Bush, husband of Leslie J. Bush, passed away at the age of 88 peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

John was born August 21, 1931, in Chicago, IL, to John L. Cudley and Lillian M. Purkiser. He was later adopted by his step father, George C. Bush. He attended Lane Tech High School and later joined the Navy in 1949 being stationed at Glenview Naval Air Station.

He married Leslie in 1951 after having known her since the fifth grade. They moved from Chicago to Arizona where he worked as a police officer in Tucson and Flagstaff and then as a sheriff in Coconino County, Arizona. They moved to Missouri in 1967 where John worked for the Independence Police Department two separate times as a patrolman, detective, and composite sketch artist. He also had side jobs of working security at McDonald's on Noland Road and the Independence Examiner and he worked many Santa-Cali-Gons over the years. He worked briefly as a special agent for the Rock Island Railroad. He retired from the Independence Police Department in 1981. He served in both the Navy and Army where he was medically discharged in 1990 after almost 20 years of service from Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. He returned back to Independence from San Antonio. He was a substitute teacher for the Fort Osage School District teaching his grandchildrens' classes. He enjoyed working security at the Truman Library where he visited with and met many dignitaries including Harry Truman's family, politicians, and celebrities until full retirement.

He attended Arizona State University later graduating from Central Missouri State University in 1978 with a BS in criminal justice.

John enjoyed oil painting and pen and ink drawing. He especially loved painting the mountains of Arizona and Colorado. He was also an avid collector of model planes, trains, and automobiles with his favorites being fire trucks and police cars. His most recent project was restoring a 1963 Thunderbird. He was almost done with it but got to drive it only once. He especially enjoyed road trips traveling the country with his family over the years. He went to Hawaii two times after he retired. John and Leslie traveled to San Diego to board and tour the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier. They also went to Norfolk to board and tour the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier in 1998 when it was commissioned. These were highlights of John's life. He was planning a trip back to Norfolk in April of this year to watch the USS Harry S. Truman come in but this time his special nephew, Tristan Bush, would be aboard arriving after a tour of duty. Because of the coronavirus John was unable to go.

He was a member of Independence 76 Masonic Lodge where he was a 32nd degree Mason. He was also a member of York Rite, Scottish Rite, Ararat Shrine, Legion of Honor, Eastern Star, Fraternal Order of Police, and American Legion Post 21. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Independence but also enjoyed attending Oakland United Methodist Church in Buckner.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert M. Bush, and 2 son-in-laws Steve Hinkebein and William Alderson. He leaves behind his wife of 69 years, Leslie Bush of the home, five children, Patti Alderson, Joanne Hinkebein, Michael John, Carolyn Luther (Ron), and Kathleen Rimmer-Dostal (Dave), one sister Joy Wieska, 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews who thought the world of him.

Full funeral at Newcomer's Noland Road Chapel at a later date.


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Joy Wieska

May 12, 2020

I’m so sad you are gone; but I relish in the memories of our last phone call. You heard it was me on the phone and you commented on what I shared with you about you always being there when I was little and you being my hero. I saw the Blue Angels fly over my house today. I bet you and Al enjoyed seeing them too.
Love ❤️ Skip

Nickie Bush-Sovia

May 9, 2020

Dearest Gramps, my longtime best friend. life is so hard not telling you EVERYTHING... All the important stuff and some of the unimportant as well. A huge hole is left in my heart but I know I will be with you again some day. You will be one of the ones I look up first (obviously.) I am so glad I got to say goodbye and I love you before you left. if you wernt sleeping I know you would have gave me that beautiful smile, with those beautiful laugh lines and said, me to kiddo. I have one true regret and that is that I didnt take a train ride with you, so I'm gonna do that with my dad in remembrance of you. You are so special to me. This is so hard to write, bc I miss you so much and was no where near ready to let you go. I wanna text you all the time, but this time Aunt Kathy will get it. ;( Having you as a grandfather was the best thing that could have happened to me. I know your smiling down on me. I know you would want me to be ok. I'm trying... for YOU. I love you PB.

Rene Terrazas

May 9, 2020

Mr.Bush was one hell of a guy , me and my kids were blessed to be neighbors and friends to him for over 20 years. We washed cars together, did yard work , helped my son Mallecki with a science project one time that meant a lot to him and we just sat and had many cool conversations together. I always looked at him as a grandfather figure he will be missed . Me and the kiddos send our love to the family and pray for comfort for all . Mr. Bush you were one of the best men I ever knew .


Carolyn Luther

May 8, 2020

Dad, you are missed so much, wont be the same without you. I know your looking down on all of us! Love you dad!

Kathy Dostal

May 8, 2020

I love and miss you Dad.

Renee Medellin

May 8, 2020

What a life well lived. You did it all. And you left your mark here in this world. It's a great loss, but you left your friends and family with so many special memories. You were the rock of this family, and will be so missed but I know you will be guarding and watching over each and every one. Until we meet again my friend..

Richard Dostal

May 8, 2020

May you rest in peace fellow patriot - " Semper Fidelis".
Rich Dostal
MSgt, USMC (Ret.)


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