8/21/1948 ~ 10/24/2012 Colby Lynn Bush, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, in the woods of Augusta County, Va., the place on this earth he loved most. An avid outdoorsman all of his life, Colby spent cherished hours hunting and walking in these woods with beloved friends and family. He was equally devoted to his professional life and was immensely proud to be a part of the Grand Home Furnishings family. In his 43rd year with the company, he served as Vice President-Operations, having joined the company as a salesman in 1970.
Colby was a skilled hunter, fisherman, gardener and athlete. He was a member of the Izaak Walton League in Staunton, Va., where he enjoyed a hunt membership and faithful companionship, particularly with his son, Shane, and brother-in-law, Eddie Cottrell.
Colby was born in Covington, Va., on August 21, 1948, the son of the late Colburn and Maude Alfred Bush (Wimmer). He was a graduate of Covington High School and attended Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. He married Mary Lynn Cottrell in 1971, and they raised their two children, Shane and Ashley, in Covington, Radford, and Staunton, moving as Colby advanced in his career with Grand Home Furnishings. In 1989 Mary Lynn passed away, and eventually Colby moved to the Roanoke Valley when he joined the corporate offices of Grand.
Colby is survived by his son, Shane Cole Bush, of Charlotte, N.C.; and his daughter, Ashley Meghan Schlosser; son-in-law, Andrew Schlosser; and granddaughter, Emma Schlosser, all of Roanoke. He is also survived by his sisters, Rebecca George, Tracie Baetz, and Tana Alderman, all of Salem; brothers-in-law, George George Jr., and Mark Baetz; nephews, David George, of Salem, and Nathan Mahan, of Boston, Mass.; and niece, Logan George, of Salem.
A "Camo and Cufflinks" celebration of Colby's life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Billy's, 102 Market Street, Roanoke, VA-downtown. Flowers are gratefully declined. The family requests that donations be made to the Staunton Augusta Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, 242 Morningside Drive, Mount Sidney, VA 24467 or to the Roanoke Habitat for Humanity.
Arrangements are being handled by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel. On-line condolences may be sent to www.oakeys.com