Mike was born in Emporia, Kansas to Russell Dick and Thelma June (Cornwell) Bush.
He would be the first to tell you that he did not have the best or easiest childhood. He quickly learned ways to keep himself busy. Usually something to do with music or something ornery to earn a few bucks here and there. He frequently shared stories of his “best buddies” from childhood and while laughing (sometimes to the point of tears) would always give those buddies the credit for teaching him some of life’s most important lessons. Many of those buddies are still cherished friends of our family to this day.
Mike left home at just the age of 15 to begin a life for himself.
He had several odd jobs through the next few years including mowing lawns, the car wash, and becoming a mechanic.
Being a mechanic ignited his interest into semi trucking. He started driving the big rigs (ALWAYS manual never automatic) in 1968.
In 1970 he graduated from Emporia High School, and not a moment too soon!
In 1972 Mike chose to follow his dad R.D.’s footsteps to a full-time position with Santa Fe Railroad.
Santa Fe created the stability that was needed to create a family of his own.
His survivors include his wife, Estena “Tena” (Watts) Bush; three children, son Scott Bush and wife Cady, daughter Lyndsay (Bush) Waltho and husband Jonathan “Jon”, son Russell “Russ” Bush and wife Alyson, 3 grandchildren Scott’s son Hayden, Russell’s kids Gabriel, and Mackenzie; other relatives and TONS of friends.
Mike retired from Burlington Northern Santa Fe in 1998.
After a few other short lived employment opportunities Mike went back to trucking but full time as owner/operator.
He retired from trucking to enjoy time alone with his loves in 2018.
As you have read this, an amazing man’s life has been laid out in a matter of a few sentences. NONE of the stops and in betweens matter!
If you were to ask his wife what kind of a life partner Mike had been, she would tell you “It was impossible to summarize that. He was her rock, he always listened to her (sometimes to disagree but he still listened), and he was ever trying to find new ways to surprise her. Trinkets, and flowers; but lately those had gone and he would cover her by the blood of Jesus by reading scripture to her.”
If you asked his kids what kind of a man he was, they would say “Hard-working, independent, loved to tell stories, a big personality, and steadfast in his faith.”
“My best friend, my hero, and secret keeper. Dad got me in ways that no one else could. He was funny but firm. Opinionated but open for debates. His hugs were huge and always healing, but his love was always bigger! Always just wanting us kids to have a better life than he did.”
“A man who believed in the value of every single person regardless of what their past trials and tribulations were. He would happily give you his last dollar attached with a blessing. He was fiercely protective of his friends and family. Sometimes rough around the edges but always had good intent. Dad enjoyed recalling memories to relive those good times. He loved mom with his whole heart and was proud of his kids.”
From his stories of people he knew from childhood all the way up to people he met a few weeks ago, he knew NO strangers! He LOVED people; and he LOVED the Lord! He wanted ALL the people in his life to know the comfort of the Lord. He may have came across as pushy to some, a comedian to others, or just a trucker friend turned minister. Whatever he was to you, may we ALL find peace in knowing exactly where he is now.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed and marked [branded as God’s own] for the day of redemption [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin]. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]. Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.
Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; and walk continually in love [that is, value one another- practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.
Please use this link to stay connected with his other friends and family. https://everloved.com/life-of/micheal-bush/
Messages & Condolences
Tena and family,
We are so saddened for your loss of Mike. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted with God’s peace and blessed with many great memories.
Tena and “kids”, God of all comfort enfold you now. A faith giant has a brand new home. Love to you all. Rod and Margie Hinkle
My heart truly goes out to the family. But knowing he is with our Lord and Saviour i pray gives you the strength to get through this. Mike, Tina, Lyndsay and Russ introduced me to the Lord in my teenage years and i am forever grateful for that. Love all of you so much. He will be lissed by so many.
Tena and family,
I am so sorry for your loss!
So sorry to hear this Tina. Prayers and hugs to you and your family. I got a new phone and have lost you on my fb page.
Our thoughts are with you and your family in this time of sorrow! Enjoyed the few times we got together so much! Mike was always funny and so great to talk to. Mike will be missed by many!
So very sorry to hear of his passing He was very special person and will be so missed by so many He was a great friend with a great listening ear for those that needed it He loved his family and God so very much Another angel got his wings
Tena, my heart goes out to you and your family. You and I have been friends for 50+ years. I know that you and Mike loved each other and had a great relationship with God. Prayers are being sent in his name. God bless you and give you strength.
Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Loved his witnessing for Christ. He was a wonderful Christian man – a dedicated follower of Christ. The world has been blessed by his presence here on earth.
Tena and family~
We are shocked and saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. While it has been years since we were in contact, we hold many warm memories of him and your family. God is with you as you travel through this unfamiliar time in your lives. May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Much love to you all.
Tena and family, share your shock at Mike’s passing. Many memories come flooding in about our interactions over the years. He was a big man who affected the people he encountered in a big way. I loved his love for God, his humor, his openness to share his life experiences good and not so good. Get ready Heaven! We who remain will miss you for a while. Can’t wait to meet you again in eternity.
Love you man, Elmer
Tena and family, I’m so sorry for your loss! He was such a good guy! Loved his coffee posts. I looked forward to them everyone.
Tena, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wish I had saved Mike’a daily devotionals. They meant so much to so many. He had such insight into what it takes to be a Christian. We will all miss him. Know he loved you and your family so much. God be with you.
Tena and family, sending hugs and prayers for you today. There is no other person in my life like Mike. My heart is heavy with knowing I won’t have a new daily motivational from this man. The good news is that we know where to find him and if we live right, we will see him again at the gate to heaven; holding that cup of coffee and sporting that huge warm smile.
What a wonderful friend you were in HS, you & your honary buddy Cary Bob Guild, we had some great times & really didnt cause any trouble. Tina & family I am so sorry for your loss God Bless
I am so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was wonderful to work with at WFO Express. He will truly be missed.
So sorry for your loss. The railroad was never the same after Mike left, he was so much fun to work with will miss him.
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