Peter Marvin Bush
Kenai resident Peter Marvin Bush died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at home surrounded by his family after a gallant and long fight with cancer. He was 65.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Pastor Charles Pribbenow will officiate.
Mr. Bush was born July 31, 1939, in Goshen, N.Y., to J. Marvin Bush and Audrey (Decker) Bush. He was raised in his early years in Chester, N.Y., later moving to Monroe, N.Y.
He married Catherine Atkin on Oct. 15, 1960, at First Presbyterian Church in Monroe. He and Cathy grew up together losing touch with each other and meeting up again in 1959. A year later they married.
Mr. Bush and his family drove to Alaska in 1976. It had always been his dream to move to Alaska to hunt and fish. He worked as a carpenter for many years in New York and after moving to Alaska, he worked for more than 20 years in Anchorage and Soldotna for United Lumber Co. After the company closed, he worked for Qwick Construction until his medical retirement in 1993 due to illness. As an accomplished carpenter, he built his and Cathy's "dream log home" in Kenai in 1983, when they moved to Kenai from Anchorage.
He enjoyed spending time with his dogs Cricket and Precious.
"His love for his family was his first priority. He enjoyed his workshop, where he spent many happy hours making sawdust. Dad was a very quiet person and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren," his family said.
Mr. Bush was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Cathy; son, Peter "Skip" Bush Jr. and fiancee, Kristen Baldenegro, of Kenai; daughter and son-in-law, Michele and David Smulick of Anchorage; son, James Bush of Anchorage; grandchildren, Dane Smulick and Chelsea Smulick of Anchorage; sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Michael Trittipo of Minnesota; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Maureen Bush of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Central Peninsula in Soldotna, Alaska or the Lance Armstrong Foundation LIVESTRONG at www.laf.org for cancer patients and their families.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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