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Howard John Bush

November 4, 1942 ~ September 17, 2018 (age 75)

Col (Ret) Howard J. Bush

Col. Howard J. Bush, age 75, of Shalimar, FL passed away on September 17, 2018. He grew up in Chatham, New Jersey, and graduated from Parks College of St. Louis University in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics.  At Parks, he became a lifelong member of Phi Alpha Chi, the oldest social aviation fraternity in the world.  He began his Air Force (AF) career in 1964 at Laughlin AFB TX, with assignments following at Griffiss AFB NY, Offutt AFB NE, Holloman AFB NM, Loring AFB ME, Maxwell AFB AL, Wright-Patterson AFB OH, Andrews AFB MD, and Washington D.C.  He earned a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University while attending Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB AL.  His significant positions included Test Director for the Air Launched Cruise Missile System Program Office, Milestone III Acquisition Manager for the Joint Navy/AF Cruise Missile Program Office, AF Systems Command Systems Officer for the Ground Launched Cruise Missile and the Program Element Monitor for Conventional Munitions in Washington, D.C.  His final assignment was the Deputy for Engineering, Munitions Systems Division at Eglin AFB, and he retired as Colonel in 1991 after 27 years of active duty.  He continued to serve his country at Eglin AFB as a support contractor and retired from Civil Service in 2012.

Howard enjoyed working on projects around the house and spending time with family and friends.  He had a great sense of humor, a huge heart, and will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents Steven and Myrtle Bush, and his loving wife, Martha.  He is survived by his daughter Joanna (Brandon) Bishop, grandchildren, Brooks and Brynlee Bishop – all of Indian Springs Village, AL, and brothers Roger (Ute) Bush of Piscataway, NJ, James (Martha) Bush of Wantage, NJ and John (Nancy) Bush of Ledgewood, NJ.  He is also survived by caring in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service, with military honors, will take place at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach, FL on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11:00 am.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach, FL.

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