Carl Bushard

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  • "Carl was my teacher and friend! He will always be..."
    - Larry Avery
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Former Canton and Dunfermline resident Carl Bushard died at 5 pm on October 31, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, where he had resided since 1997. Services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canton, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial with full military honors will be on Sunday at Sargents Chapel near Sedgewickville, MO, preceded by visitation at 1:00 pm and service at 2:00 pm.
He was born January 7, 1915, in Chaffee, MO, the son of Thomas Bernard and Luta Estelle (Hileman) Bushard, and was baptized with a confession of faith as a member of the Christian Church at the age of 12. On May 26, 1940, he married Hazel Hahs at the Hahs family home in Bollinger County, MO. They were married for 63 years before she died, also at IVH, on August 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 DDay invasion. He was awarded the Bronze Star (including the "V" for Valor) with two Oakleaf 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 October 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 16 of Canton, Disabled American Veterans of Illinois, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart of Illinois.
He and Hazel were active in Fulton County's Retired Teachers Association, Rockhounders Club, Conservation Club, Rotary International and Spoon River Drive. He was an elder emeritus of Canton First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) preceded by his service in Missouri DOC congregations in Chaffee, Bonne Terre, and Overland. With Hazel, he volunteered for nine winters at the headquarters of Campus Crusade for Christ in San Bernardino, CA, where he also affiliated with the First Christian Church (DOC). He served in the Homeowners Association at Lake Wildwood, IL, where he and Hazel personally built a summer home in their retirement years. They moved from Canton to Dunfermline in the early 1990s.
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 8th 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 (IL) 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.
In various times of his life he sold blackberries and milk by the pail, picked cotton, installed radio equipment, hung wallpaper, tapped trees for maple syrup, hunted (squirrel, ducks, geese, deer, rabbits), manufactured concrete blocks, ran large earth-moving equipment, drove a school bus and a motorcycle, played golf and pool, did woodworking and lapidary crafts, played clarinet in National Guard (at age 19) and sousaphone during more advanced years in a municipal band, taught public school elementary classes as well as Sunday School classes of youth and of senior citizens.
Surviving are sister Virginia Wilkinson and husband Elvis of Lakeland, FL; brother-in-law Frank (Dessie) Enderle of Rogers, AR; and sister-in-law Catherine (Luther) Hahs of Cape Girardeau, MO; daughters Mary Lou (Robert) Heckel of Glen Carbon, IL, Vivian (Sid) Sprecher of Fort Collins, CO, and Donna (Dan) O'Bryant of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren Briana (Chris) Kinneer of Fort Collins, CO, Kelli (Josh)
Phifer of North Las Vegas, NV, Collin O'Bryant of Tucson, AZ and Shaun (Amber) O'Bryant of Redondo Beach, CA; 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 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, IL.
Memorial Contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Canton, IL or other affiliated DOC congregations; the Fulton County Chapter, American Red Cross; or Sargents Chapel (Cemetery Fund), Sedgewickville, MO.
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2012