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Donald P. Bush, 89, of Middletown, NJ, died peacefully at home on Feb. 16 after a brief illness. He was born in West Orange, NJ, and was a 1949 graduate of West Orange High School and a 1950 graduate of Wyoming Seminary in Forty Fort, PA. He was a 1954 graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he played football and lacrosse and was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. It also was where he met his beloved wife, Christine. They married in 1956 and raised three sons, James, Steven and John.

Don was proud of his service in the U.S. Army, where he was in the counterintelligence corps for two years. After serving in the Army he went to work for Chubb Insurance Group for 40 years, where he rose to senior vice president of director of facilities training before retiring in 1997. Don also gave freely of his time, volunteering with the Middletown youth basketball league and served on the boards of Bonnie Brae School in Basking Ridge, Family & Children’s Service in Long Branch and the National Football Foundation’s Essex County Chapter. He was honored for his service to the National Football Foundation in 2008, and received a Lifetime Service Award from Family & Children’s Service in 2017. He was a member at Navesink Country Club.
 
 
Don was a huge sports fan and rooted hard for the New York Giants and New York Mets, but he took special pride in the athletic exploits of his sons and his grandchildren in track and field, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and equestrian competitions, and their theatre pursuits. 

He also was a gifted artist, creating the family Christmas card art every year and drawing portraits of beloved pets for family and friends. 

Don and Chris loved to play tennis and golf, attend Broadway shows in New York, and they loved to dance. They also traveled extensively and took in many experiences, from an African safari to kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland, to trips to Poland and Australia and New Zealand to riding horses in Yosemite National Park and viewing El Capitan. Don particularly enjoyed trips to ranches out West where he could soak in the experience of being a cowboy and spend lots of time on horseback. Riding horses was one of his favorite activities and something he indulged any chance he could, especially on family trips with his granddaughters.

Don was predeceased by his brother, Lewis, who died Dec. 25, 2020, and his grandson, Andrew, in November 2020. Don is survived by his wife of 64 years, Christine Crum Bush; three sons, James and his wife Joan Stone of Pittsburgh; Steven and his wife Stephanie of Connecticut; and John of Bayville; his former daughter-in-law, Karen; six granddaughters, Jessica Engstrand, Stephanie Benoit, Kayleigh Bush, Emily Bush, Abigail Bush and Caroline Bush, and four great-grandchildren, Jackson and Austin Engstrand, Riley and Peyton Benoit, and many other extended family members and friends. 

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, is in charge of arrangements. Family services are private.  A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Donald and Christine Bush Community Service Endowed Scholarship Fund at Waynesburg University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 51 West College Street, Waynesburg, PA  15370 or call 724-852-3256, or to Family & Children’s Service, 191 Bath Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740, or online at www.fcsmonmouth.org
 
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