In Memory

Milton W Bush

Milton W Bush

Milton W. Bush, Jr., 67, of Durham, CT, passed away from cardiovascular disease on April 4, 2011 at his home.

Milton was born in Saginaw, MI, on June 22, 1943, to the late Milton W. Bush, Sr., and Eunice Westbrook Bush. He was a graduate of the Port Huron High School class of 1961. He received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan in 1965, and then studied law, receiving a J.D. from Michigan State in 1969.

He met his future wife, Virginia Louise Olsen, in a Chaucer class at the University of Michigan, where, as Milton was fond of recalling, the professor announced his reputation for match-making on the first day. Milton and Virginia married in 1966, and they moved to Port Huron, MI in 1969, where he practiced law and they raised their family.

In 1983 they moved to Durham, CT, and he practiced law in nearby Wallingford. He is survived by his loving family: by his wife of 44 years, Virginia Bush; by his son Adam Bush and his wife Verna and daughter Natalie of Alpharetta, GA; by his son Ryan Bush and his husband Steven of Los Gatos, CA; by his sister Diana Cahill and her husband Dennis of Oakdale, NY; by his stepmother Lois Bush; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

An enthusiastic genealogist, Milton enjoyed researching his family tree, going back almost 450 years. He spent many happy hours building his model train set. He was also an avid sports fan, and loved the Yankees, University of Michigan football, and UConn Huskies Women's basketball. Contributing to charities was very important to him. His favorite charities were Project Hope, OxFam, Care, Heifer International, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University.

A private funeral service is planned for the immediate family.

Condolences may be sent to his wife Virginia:

Virginia Bush
205 Tri Mountain Road
Durham CT 06423

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04/08/11 03:39 PM #1    

Sandra Kaufman (Maes)

It is with deep sympathy and sadness that these comments are expressed in the passing of Milt Bush Jr. Tears are an expression from the heart and that was my first need to show when my husband Roger told me about Milt today. Roger and Milt enjoyed the same pleasure in their hobby of model trains and the display they each created. Following submitting my profile for the Class of 1961 Milt was the first person to contact me in such a positive way that always seemed to fit his profile. His Parents were a continous part of our marriage and our daughters were important to them "always wanting an update". We still have contact with his stepmother. Memories of Milt during High School Days-to me it seemed that he was everywhere and liked to be involved. He was always polite and extended his warm and friendly smile that I am sure generated from a warm heart for people and the enjoyment of his High School studies and activites and was definitely goal minded about the future. He had much to offer people and the world in which he lived and loved and his life profile says he did so. Sadly, Sandra Kaufman Maes

05/08/11 04:32 PM #2    

Carol Sue Stephens (Sawyer)

Dear Virginia,

I am saddened to hear of Milton's passing. The two of you have created a wonderful family, a lifetime of memories, and a fine legacy for your children and grandchildren. I will fondly remember Milton as a smart, thoughtful and very kind person.  Highschool Friend,

                                                      Carol Stephens Sawyer

08/03/11 09:36 PM #3    

Judith A Knowlton

I attended the 50 year reunion...I'm sure Milt would have had a great time there seeing all of the classmates that came. I am so sorry he had to leave at such an untimely moment. 

A classmate   Judy Knowlton


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