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Col. William Earl Bush, Jr.
  • August 08, 1938
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  • August 26, 2021

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Col. William Earl Bush, Jr., 83, died Thursday August 26, 2021 in Fort Myers, Florida. Bill was born August 8, 1938, in Cadiz, Kentucky, to the late William and Dorothy Bush. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University where he received his Master’s Degree in Counseling.

Bill was a US Army veteran retiring as a Bird-Colonel after serving 30 years. He did two tours of duty in Vietnam. Following his discharge from the Army, Bill worked for many years and retired from Calusa Harbor Senior Living in Fort Myers.

Surviving are: his wife, Gloria Ann Sheffield of Avon Park, Fl.; three sons, William Earl Bush of Manchester, TN, Thomas Nixon Bush of Red Boiling Springs, TN and John Chumbley Bush of Villa Rica, GA; two step-daughters, Vicky Lynn Droit of Gainesville, FL and Lisa Oliveira of Fort Myers, FL; a brother, Whitson Haley Bush of Montana; fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life with Military Honors will be held at 11:30 am , Friday, October 1, 2021at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL.


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Date & Time:
October 1, 2021 at 11:30 AM

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  1. Cherie Martin says:
    30 Sep 2021
    I had the pleasure of working with Bill for 3 years at Calusa Harbour. He became family to me, always willing to listen and gave the best advice. You will be so very missed, Bill. Prayers for comfort to the family. He was a great man.

  2. Shannon Thomas lit a candle:
    27 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 27, 2021 at 9:37:39 AM

  3. Shannon Thomas says:
    27 Sep 2021
    Bill was my boss back in 2014 at Calusa Harbour and even though we only worked together for one year, he became a valued friend. I will never forget his kindness and wisdom he shared with me on a daily basis. Bill was a true gentleman and always talked about how much he loved his bride. I was recently reunited with Bill when he decided to retire from Calusa Harbour in Dec. 2020. I had the honor to replace Bill's position and celebrate his retirement with him. Bill will be truly missed and I will never forget his kind and gentle heart.

  4. Aimee Moss says:
    12 Sep 2021
    Mr. Bush was an amazing person. He had a kind soul and very sweet. I had the pleasure to work beside him for ten years. He will truly be missed. Prayers for his family.

  5. Dana Shelton says:
    11 Sep 2021
    I was blessed to have worked with Bill at Calusa. I was a regional person and officed there. I called upon him for assistance on multiple occasions. He was always helpful and well respected. Prayers to the family.

  6. Melissa Kline says:
    11 Sep 2021
    Bill was my manager for a little over 2 years at Calusa. He was always there to mentor me. Bill was such a caring nice man. I was just thinking of him the other day and wondering how he was enjoying his retirement with his wife Gloria. Rest in peace! You will be missed.

  7. linda Minsky says:
    05 Sep 2021
    Thoughts & Prayers are with you and your family. Rest in peace Mr. Bush. A pleasure to have worked with you.

  8. Jessie Dietzel says:
    02 Sep 2021
    Rest in peace Mr. Bush
    It was such an honor working with you !!!!

  9. Glenys says:
    01 Sep 2021
    I work with Mr Bush at Calusa Harbour he always was there to help me with a smile, you will be miss May you soul Rest In Peace

  10. Melanie Goldberg says:
    01 Sep 2021
    Mr. Bush you are an amazing person and we who worked with you at Calusa knew that. You always had time to listen to our problems and try to help. God bless.

  11. Rebecca L bush says:
    30 Aug 2021
    A great uncle, he will be missed. My prayers for him and his family.

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