Roger Bush obituary (1934 – 2021) – Las Cruces, New Mexico
Las Cruces – ROGER ALLEN BUSH, who passed away on Monday January 11, 2021 in Las Cruces. He was born July 3, 1934 in Kearney, Nebraska to Laurence Scott Bush and Alta Ploof Bush. Roger spent his early years in Nebraska where his parents taught. In 1943, his family moved to Yankton, South Dakota, where he spent the remainder of his school years graduating from Yankton High School in 1952. Roger received an undergraduate degree from the South Dakota School of Mines in Civil Engineering in 1956. He was a brilliant student and always curious. Interested in medicine, he enrolled in a pre-med program at the University of South Dakota and eventually in the University of Iowa School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree in 1962. Roger began his medical profession in Owatonna, Minnesota and worked several years for the Owatonna Clinic and then Prudential Life Insurance. He moved his family to Colorado in 1967 to work as a medical director for Security Life of Denver and finally New York Life Brokerage in Kansas City, Missouri in 1992.
Roger is survived by his loving family – his wife, Barbara Louise Walker Bush; son David Scott Bush; daughters Carol Jane Bush and Laura Sue Bush; granddaughters Casey Mae Farnsworth Berry and Callie Linden.
Everyone remembers Roger as calm, thoughtful, wise and kind with a quick sense of humor. He was an animal lover who befriended all the stray cats in the neighborhood. He was a good listener and a natural mentor to anyone seeking his advice. Roger loved to read and had a whole collection of history from the early days of the United States to the Civil War and WWII. He also owned rare books on the history of early steam engines, from locomotives across the United States to steamboats on major rivers. He was passionate about his hobbies – model railroading and LEGOs. When he wasn’t reading he was always working on one project or another. He joined several train clubs in Colorado and Texas and built his own garden-wide train setups. His passion for LEGO evolved from kits to creating his own creations. He was researching and putting together the parts needed to build a LEGO train when he died. He was also a builder – remodeling or designing and building several homes over the years. You could say that his vocation was medicine, but his vocation was construction and woodworking.
The Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday July 3, 2021 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 518 N. Alameda Blvd., Las Cruces.
The cremation was in the care of Baca de Las Cruces Funeral Chapel and Sunset Crematorium, 300 E. Boutz Road, 527-2222. Your exclusive provider of “Veterans and Family Memorial Care”. For online condolences, log on to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com
Published by Las Cruces Sun News from June 24 to June 27, 2021.