Gerald James ‘Jerry’ Bush

Sept. 15, 1944 - Nov. 9, 2005

Gerald James "Jerry" Bush, born in Oconomowoc on Sept. 15, 1944, the son of William and Irene Bush, was born to eternal life Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005.

He is the beloved and cherished husband, partner and best friend of Maribeth (nee Hass) and proud and loving father, teacher, mentor and best friend of Rob and Jim. They were the joys of his life. Also surviving are his mother, Irene Weston of Hartland; his sister, Michelle (Rob) Barforth of Withee; his mother-in-law, Veda Mae Hass of Pewaukee; brothers-in-law, Rick (Ginny) Hass of Brookfield and Jim (Julie) Hass of Wauwatosa; and his nieces and nephews, Ashley and Brian Barforth, Lisa (Jeff) Hass-Peters, Lori Czaplewski, Molly (Joe) Tupta, Megan (Darren) Ackley and Matthew Hass.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Bill, and brother, Keith.

Currently marketing communications manager of Schwarz Pharma in Mequon, Jerry’s career in marketing included positions at Bader-Rutter; AdVentures, a company he started which became a subsidiary of Sargent & Potratz; and Brady Marketing.

A Vietnam veteran, Jerry served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an X-ray technician and was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star.

Jerry graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jerry and his sons were collectors of antique farm tractors and spent many happy years searching out the perfect models. His other interests included Native American artifacts, building and landscaping. He lived a happy, fulfilling life revolved around his family, friends and home. There are no regrets - only too little time.

Jerry's family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Gilberto Rodriques and the staff at Oconomowoc Memorial Cancer Care Center as well as the staffs at the oncology and intensive care units at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1600 N. Genesee Road, Delafield, with a funeral service at 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Oconomowoc Regional Cancer Center.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home in Oconomowoc is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit online at www.pagenkopf.com.

"All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever." - Corinthians 13:8a