Nicholas J. Bush, 90, passed away February 19, 2019, at the Brian Center - Viewmont in Hickory, NC after declining in health from Parkinson’s disease.
He was born August 31, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio to Nicholas and Irma Bush. He was predeceased by his brothers Bob and Emil and sister Sylvia. Nick served in the Occupation Army of Japan before coming home to marry Dorothy “Dottie” Bush, a medical secretary. He was in the 70th year of their loving marriage and is survived by their three sons, Todd (spouse Lorie Bush), Bruce (spouse Gary Chervin, deceased), and Craig (spouse Denise Bush) and their 2 children, Nick and Dottie's grandchildren, Nicholas J. Bush III (spouse Julie Goldfarb Bush) and Christopher Bush (spouse Chris Lucia).
Nick and Dottie traveled extensively and have wonderful friends in the three areas of the country where they made beautiful homes for their family. In Ohio, Nick was a successful agent for State Farm insurance for over 25 years, always volunteered for community service and helped others in need, and was highly involved in civic affairs, including taking leading roles in the Chamber and Junior Chambers of Commerce and the Kiwanis. In Charlotte, NC, Nick sold commercial real estate and served on the Board of Realtors. Beginning their retirement, they lived for 12 years in Lake Wales, Florida. They then returned to North Carolina to live for the past 12 years in Hickory, a town they dearly love, and where Nick joined the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Catawba Valley.
Nick Bush was well loved by all – always a great friend, a wonderful role-model, a fantastic father, and a devoted husband.
In lieu of flowers, Dottie has asked friends and family to send donations to the Activity Department, Brian Center - Viewmont, 220 13th Avenue Place NW, Hickory, NC 28601.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Bush family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.