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Richard "Dick" D. Bushue of Rankin, Ill., passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017, in the CC Unit at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill. He died peacefully with his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Ruby Maskal Bushue, holding his hand and his five children and a few of his grandchildren surrounding him.
Richard Bushue was born in Charleston, Ill., January 7, 1933, to Arthur F. and Flossie (White) Bushue. He graduated from Rankin Township High School in 1951.
He was preceded in death by his seven siblings, Clyde Bushue, Ferdie Bushue, Delbert Bushue, Carl Bushue, Garry Bushue, Sylvia (Bushue) Custer and Alta (Bushue) Buzard. He also was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Victoria Rose.
He regarded his family as one of his greatest accomplishments.
Richard leaves behind five children, 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. His children include Diana (Daryl) Deaton, of Independence, Ky., Connie (Terry) Garner, of Waukee, Iowa, Sandy Bushue of Arlington, Va., Marilyn (Mark) Morris, of Mendota, Ill., and Doug (Jennifer) Bushue, of Mahomet, Ill.
Richard Bushue was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War. He was a member of Hoopeston American Legion, was a past Post Commander of the Rankin America Legion and was active in Rankin Jaycees.
Richard was a lifetime farmer who farmed in both Iroquois and Vermilion counties. He loved farming. He also loved playing cards in the surrounding area and was well known for his wit and competitive nature.
Visitation services will be 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, at Knapp Funeral Home in Rankin. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Thursday, November 9, at Rankin United Methodist Church, followed by a celebration of life service at 11 a.m. led by Pastor Molly Spence-Hawk. He will be laid to rest at Rankin Union Cemetery, with military rites by Hoopeston American Legion Post 384.
Memorial donations may be given in his name to Rankin Lions Club and the Hoopeston American Legion.
Richard Bushue was very much loved and will be dearly missed by his family.
Please share a memory of Richard at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.
Published on November 6, 2017
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