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Melbourne Victor Bush, age 88, of Alto, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 18, 2021. He was born in Wyoming, MI, on October 23, 1932, to the late Walter Bush, and Winnifred Louise (Reeder) Bush. He will be missed deeply by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn (Wietsma) Bush. Melbourne is survived by daughter, Marikay Chipman; sons, Marvin Harig, Michael (Wendy) Bush; sister, Hope Kay (Kerry) Lynema; sisters -in- law, Bonnie (Jack) Hicks, Darcy (Wayne) Doerr; brother- in- law, Ken (Colleen) Folkerstma; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grand children; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his parents Walter Bush, Winnifred (Reeder) Bush; sister, Bonnie Elliott; sister- in- law, Jackie Gallagher; and grandson Scott Colby. Melbourne will be remembered for always being there for each of us, especially my mom, Marilyn.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Wendy Bush on February 23, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Pops was a caring father in law, who was always there for us all. He would make everyone’s day with his laughter. You’ll be forever loved and missed, Pops.

  2. Barbara Reeder on February 23, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We will be praying for God to comfort you all now and in the days to come.
    Frank & Barb Reeder
    Cedar Creek, TX

  3. Carla 👨‍🍳 on February 23, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    My prayers are with you and your family..

  4. Cherri and Mike Chlebek and Family on February 23, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Uncle Bud was the best! We will miss him daily but he will always be in our hearts with love and we will forever cherish the great memories he gave us always.

  5. Terri and Brian McClaine on February 23, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Uncle Bud was a wonderful person I’m going to miss his sense of humor and his beautiful smile! We loved him so so much and he will be missed everyday ❤️❤️❤️

  6. Shawna Bush on February 23, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    You will never be forgotten. You made me so happy with your bright smile! I loved visiting and staying with you. Forever will miss our card games and catching frogs. I love you deeply grandpa❤️

  7. Darcy Doerr on February 23, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    A very kind soul who always had a smile. Love you Bud. You will be missed.

  8. Dorothy Rodney Cindy on February 25, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Bud, always a part of our family. As kids we simply called you Bud , thank you for some great childhood memories. Dorothy Rodney Cindy

  9. Darcy Blum on February 25, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So thankful for Bud being such a good friend to my dad (Dean) all those years. He will be missed. Darcy, Ken, Josh, Jordan and Lois

  10. Melva (Crosby) Ludge on February 25, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Dear Marilyn, Marikay, Marv and Mike — I am so sorry to hear of Bud’s passing and send sincere sympathy with love and hugs to each of you and your extended families. His gentle, quiet smile will always be remembered. May those many wonderful memories remain close in your hearts.❤️❤️
    Love, Melva (Crosby) Ludge

  11. Rob Crosby on February 25, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Marilyn, Mary Kay, Marve, Mike and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. The first thing that I’ll always remember about Bud was his kindness.

  12. Joseph Dwight Gallagher on February 26, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Until we meet again, old friend.

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