George Herbert Walker Bush, born Jun. 4, 1924, passed away Dec. 1 2018. The loving father, fierce leader of our country and noble aviator in the WWII navy was remembered at his funeral in St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. He was a caring father to George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Neil Bush, Pauline Robinson Bush, Dorothy Bush Koch, Marvin Bush, and a husband to Barbara Bush who died earlier this year on Apr. 17, 2018.
Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts to Senator Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Bush attended Phillips Academy, where he met his future wife Barbara Pierce at a Christmas dance in 1941. Bush was 17 and Pierce was 16, they married Jan. 1945. On Bush’s 18th birthday he became the youngest pilot in the Navy during WWII. During his service, he had a brush with death as his plane was hit during a bombing run in the Pacific. After managing to escape, Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his WWII services. Later, Bush continued his education at Yale University where he graduated with his degree in economics in 1948.
Later Bush and Pierce moved to Midland, Texas, to start a family. Bush found success in the oil petroleum industry. He was a man of many talents and accomplished many things throughout his lifetime. He was not only a navy pilot, but also apart of congress, U.S. ambassador to United Nations, first American envoy to the people of China, director of the CI, and most notably, the President of the United States of America for 8 years.
Bush’s presidency lasted from Jan. 20, 1989 to Jan. 20, 1993. During his time in office, Bush became known as one of the most successful presidents in U.S. history. He ended the Communist rule in Eastern Europe by knocking down the Berlin Wall, which ended the Cold War. Bush signed the Civil Rights Act of 1991, making it easier for employees to sue employers on grounds of discrimination. Bush left the White House in 1993 with his wife Barbara, and they went back home to Houston, Texas.
As Bush grew older, he experienced many health issues and was hospitalized multiple times. Bush’s health issues caught up to him, causing his death, Dec. 1, 2018. During his funeral he had many people spoke, including his son, George, who said, “Through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you — a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter can have — and in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.” Others talked about how fun, loving and passionate Bush was.
Bush’s mission in life was to keep America moving forward and only forward, and many say, during his presidency, he did just that. He will always be remembered as the loving father, fierce leader of our country and noble aviator in the WWII navy.