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Arvid Farris Bush

Des Plaines, IL – Arvid Farris Bush, 76, died peacefully on April 30, 2020 from the long term effects of Parkinson’s disease.  He was married for 50 years to his wife Ruth (Culbertson), who survives him.  He was a long-term resident of Des Plaines, Illinois.  

Arvid Farris Bush

Other survivors include their children Christine (Brian) Reilly of Lake Villa, Illinois; Jennifer (Jose) Pelayo of Elgin, Illinois, and Jolene (Sean) Johnson of Plainfield, Illinois; grandchildren Ricky, Kelsey, Noah, Samantha, Caitlynn, and Daniel; sister Sharon (Max) McLean, brothers Richard (Carolyn), Ronnie (Sandra), Sam (Patsy), Boone, and Tim; brother-in-laws Robert Culbertson, Charles Huttar, and Paul Culbertson; and numerous nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis and Irma Bush, his infant siblings Karen and Joel Bush, and his sisters-in-law Joy Huttar, Janet and Arlene Culbertson.

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Born in Pensacola, Florida January 13, 1944, Arvid received a degree in Jewish studies from Moody Bible Institute (IL) in 1966.  He worked at Moody Bible Institute for 42 years until his retirement in 2009.  His interests included cooking, gardening, history, woodworking, traveling on backroads, and reading.  Until he was physically unable, he was an active member of The Orchard Church, Arlington Heights, IL. Since his marriage to Ruth, he looked forward to attending Island Grove Campground, Mexico, PA every summer and making memories with his family and friends.  Arvid was a gentle and kind man, always ready to be of help others.

Arvid Farris Bush - Family

There will be a memorial service at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014

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7 Reflections

  • John Ferraro Posted May 5, 2020 12:19

    To the Bush family, Jen’s work family at Northwest Central Dispatch System is very sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to read Arvid’s story and learn about his approach to life and the love he had for his family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dann Johnson Posted May 5, 2020 14:50

    You gave me a pocket-sized Bible when I was in 8th grade, Mr. Bush. I’ll always have fond memories of our two families traveling to Quiz Meets together. Say hi to my Dad up there, and we’ll see you soon!

    • Dann Johnson Posted May 6, 2020 15:57

      And Christine, Jennifer, Jolene, and Mrs. Bush, let me offer my deepest condolences at your tremendous loss. Your dad (husband) was loved by many, but by no one as much as you guys. It would be special if the memorial service lined up with a date I was able to be in Chicago. We’ll have to see.

  • Darian Potempa Posted May 5, 2020 15:56

    Jolene and Bush Family I am so sorry for your loss. I can not imagine your loss. I have very distinct memories of your father. Driving to the campground in Mexico, Pennsylvania your parents opened their arms to me for those weeks and made me apart of their family. I remember picking black berries and your Dad making the best black berry cobbler I ever ate. I remember your Dad taking us to MoodyBible Institute for a day when we were just kids. He would always laugh at our jokes no matter how corny when we were kids. I have faith that he is now in a better place, no longer in pain or suffering reading one of his favorite books or newspaper while watching over your family as they grow. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Jim Hickman Posted May 11, 2020 18:28

    One of the kindest, most kind, thoughtful bosses I EVER had! Enjoyed working for him and with him all the way thru the time of his retirement. Will be praying God show Himself very close to Ruth and the whole family.

  • Ron Hunt Posted May 12, 2020 11:05

    One of the most Godly coworkers I ever had. I only wish I could have been more like him.

  • Nancy Lenz Posted May 17, 2020 07:57

    I worked at Moody Bible Institute the same time that Arvid did. He worked in Information Systems. He was our guy to call to fix the computers. He had a great sense of humor. Whenever there were problems, it was Arvid to the rescue. My heart and my prayers go up for his family as they mourn their loss. God bless!

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