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Carl Bushard Obituary
Carl Bushard, 97, died at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, (Oct. 31, 2012) in the Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy, where he had resided since 1997.

He was born Jan. 7, 1915, in Chaffee, Mo., a son of Thomas Bernard and Luta Estelle Hileman Bushard. On May 26, 1940, he married Hazel Hahs in Bollinger County, Mo. They were married for 63 years before she died, also at IVH, on Aug. 2, 2003.

He received his draft notice in August 1943. Their first child, Mary Lou, was born the following November. The Red Cross helped him return to Bollinger County at that time for a brief leave from basic training. This assistance made a long-lasting impression on him. With the 79th Infantry Division, Pfc. Bushard waded in on Utah Beach with the June, 1944 Normandy D-Day invasion. He was awarded the Bronze Star (including the "V" for Valor) with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. From July through December he was hospitalized, recuperating from injuries sustained on the battlefield on the Cotentin Peninsula near Le Haye-du-Puis. While convalescing at the 297th General Hospital in England, he set up the Craft Shop for recuperating servicemen, in conjunction with the American Red Cross. He finished his service stateside as a clerk-typist in the Army Air Corps until his discharge Oct. 23, 1945.

In appreciation for the care he received as a soldier, he served 19 years with the Fulton County Red Cross, a leader in the start of their volunteer transportation program. He served as chairman of the chapter for two years, including at the time of the 1975 tornado and the subsequent recovery efforts. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 16 of Canton, Disabled American Veterans of Illinois, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart of Illinois.

Over a period of years starting in 1935, he earned a bachelor of arts degree at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and a master of arts degree at Colorado State College of Education (now Northern Colorado University) in Greeley. He did further graduate work in vocational education at the University of Minnesota. As an eight-grader (around 1929), Carl wired the family home for electrical service, purchasing supplies by mail order. This project was a natural preliminary to his pioneering in the field of trade education at Lead Belt Vocational School in Bonne Terre, Mo.; Ranken School of Mechanical Trades in St Louis; and in 1958, Canton (Ill.) High School's Diversified Occupations Program, one of the first integrated vocational education programs in the state of Illinois. Rotary International sponsored the house built by his students in his first year at LBVS.

Survivors include a sister, Virginia Wilkinson and husband, Elvis, of Lakeland, Fla.; a brother-in-law Frank (Dessie) Enderle of Rogers, Ark.; a sister-in-law Catherine (Luther) Hahs of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; daughters, Mary Lou (Robert) Heckel of Glen Carbon, Vivian (Sid) Sprecher of Fort Collins, Colo., and Donna (Dan) O'Bryant of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Briana (Chris) Kinneer of Fort Collins, Kelli (Josh) Phifer of North Las Vegas, Nev., Collin O'Bryant of Tucson, Ariz. and Shaun (Amber) O'Bryant of Redondo Beach, Calif.; great-grandchildren Alister Kinneer, Camden Phifer, and Corianne O'Bryant; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Carl Bushard; brothers, Homer Jesse Bushard (who died at age 2), Eugene V. Bushard and wife Aileen, and Thomas C. Bushard and wife Sara; and sisters, Dessie Enderle, and Marie Tashro, and her husband Francis.

Special appreciation is extended by the family to the nursing staff of the Illinois Veterans Home, as well as personal caregiver Nancy Gilker of Quincy.

SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday in First Christian Church in Canton, Ill. Burial with full military honors will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sargents Chapel near Sedgewickville, Mo.

VISITATION: Sunday from 1-2 p.m. at the Sargents Chapel near Sedgewickville.

ARRANGEMENTS: Sedgwick Funeral Homes, Canton, Ill.

MEMORIALS: First Christian Church of Canton, Ill., or other affiliated DOC congregations; the Fulton County Chapter, American Red Cross; or Sargents Chapel (Cemetery Fund), Sedgewickville, Mo.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2012
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