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Francis Richard "Bang" Bushee

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BENNINGTON -- Francis Richard “Bang” Bushee, 79 , a resident of Foster Drive, Bennington, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington following a brief illness

Born in Bennington, Aug. 23, 1926, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Zelia Ellen (Berg) Bushee. He received his education in Bennington. Mr. Bushee was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He served with the See Bees during the invasion of Normandy and he received a Bronze Star for his service in the Battle of the Bulge

Mr. Bushee married the former Sharyll Wager in Berlin, N.Y., in November 1963.

In earlier years Mr. Bushee was employed at the Polygraphic Corp. in North Bennington and H. Greenberg & Sons in Bennington. He retired from General Cable in Pownal where he was employed as a supervisor.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1332 and a former member of the Bennington Fire Department and Bennington Rural Fire Department. His hobbies and interests included hunting and traveling and he enjoyed going to casinos.

Survivors include three sons, Douglas Bushee and his fiancé Victoria Joslin of Pownal, Edward Bushee and his wife Christine of Bennington and David Bushee and his wife Lee Ann of Bennington; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Ann Ball of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Bushee was predeceased by four brothers and a half brother, Bernard Bushee, David Bushee, Douglas Bushee, Thomas Bushee and Robert Humphrey.

At the request of Mr. Bushee there will be no calling hours. A graveside committal service will take place at White Chapel Cemetery on Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Michael Morneault officiating.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Bushee may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home Activities Fund through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 1, 2005
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