GRIGGSVIILLE, Ill. -- Mark Anthony Bush, 55, of Griggsville, died Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2013) in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, surrounded by his family.
Mark was born Feb. 5, 1958, in Pittsfield, the second son of Marvin Roger and Genevieve Louise Farran Bush. He married Lora Ann DeJaynes Leyerle on Dec. 19, 1990, and she survives.
Mark was a 1976 graduate of Griggsville High School then graduated from Quincy Tech with a certificate in automotive mechanics.
Mark served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1991, based at Fort Ord, Calif., where he had risen to rank of sergeant. During his years of service he was awarded the Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Component Bar and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Operation Just Cause.
Mark was employed by area businesses, Kirk Construction, Tate Cheese Co., Dyno-Nobel and Central Stone.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Meredosia, Griggsville American Legion Post 213, Operating Engineers Local Union 965 and was a volunteer with the Griggsville Fire Department.
Mark enjoyed nature and partaking in outdoor activities.
He is also survived by one daughter, Bridget (Jimmy Waters) Bush of Pittsfield; his mother, Genevieve Bush of Pittsfield; stepchildren, LeighAnn Leyerle of Scott City, Mo., and Lason (Valerie) Leyerle of Barry; one brother, Roger (Shari) Bush of Pittsfield; one sister, Kimberly Bush of Springfield, Ill.; grandchildren, Angel, Daniel, Tyler and Ashton of Scott City, Lason, Hannah, Hailey, Madison and Shane of Barry and Jamison of Pittsfield; and three aunts and two uncles, Edna Mae and Ervin Daniels of Pittsfield, Wordell Gray of Pittsfield, Donna Rischar of Quincy, and Diana Bush of Springfield.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin, and one son, Anthony Chance Bush.
SERVICES: 1 p.m. Saturday in the Airsman-Hires Chapel in Griggsville, with the Rev. Kenneth Sanders conducting. Burial with military honors will be at Wilson Cemetery in Perry, Ill.
VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.
MEMORIALS: Mark Bush Estate Fund at Farmer's National Bank of Griggsville.
ARRANGEMENTS: Airsman-Hires Funeral Chapel, Griggsville.