William Louis Bush

Sep 16, 1939 - Jul 30, 2021

William Louis Bush

September 16, 1939 - July 30, 2021


William Louis Bush "Lou" passed from this life on July 30, 2021, surrounded by his loving family at home in Austin, Texas.

Born in Kermit, Texas, on September 16, 1939, Lou grew up in West Texas and Denton. After graduating from Denton High School in 1957, he attended The University of North Texas before being drafted into the United States Army. His two Army years proved pivotal and infused many stories he would share throughout his life.

Lou married Evelyn Coleman in Austin on August 1, 1964, and returned to UNT to complete a degree in Math, followed by graduate work, all while working at the university computer center.

Lou and Evelyn then established their home in Arlington, Texas, and over 37 years reared their two sons and forged many lifelong friendships. Lou's ready humor, warm demeanor, and principled presence always made their home a welcoming place, and he was happiest when it was filled with kids, family, and friends.

Lou is survived by Evelyn, his cherished wife of 57 years, and their two sons and their families -- Joel, Jennifer, and Isobel Bush, and Austin, Rochelle, Daniel, and Abigail Bush -- all of Austin, as well as much-loved nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, and a great-great niece, all of whom made his life immensely full.

After Lou retired from a career as a software engineer, he and Evelyn moved to Austin in 2005 to be nearer family. Lou relished those sixteen years, treasuring every moment with his sons and his wonderful daughters-in-law. Holding family as God's greatest gift, he especially adored his grandchildren and being an active part of their lives.

Lou had a deep Christian faith. He was always willing to serve at church, which he did in virtually every capacity, from the highest office to the lowliest task. His love of children made the many years he taught Sunday School especially rewarding.

Lou always made fishing a part of his life, whether with his sons, his nephews, or his weekly outing on Lake LBJ with friend Jim. He also enjoyed traveling far and wide, always striking up conversation wherever he went. No one remained a stranger around Lou. The Vallecito River Valley and San Juan Mountains of Colorado, where he and his family vacationed for many years, occupied a most special place in his heart. He also always loved good stories and story-telling, quiet early mornings with the Bible, hosting family and cooking, baseball and Texas, mystery novels and Westerns; and his inquisitive mind never ceased engaging with the people around him and the ideas they shared.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, Lou will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him. We are forever blessed by his example and service and love. All glory to God for the beautiful life he led.

The family plans a small family service. If desired, donations in Lou's memory may be made to The Settlement Home for Children in Austin, Texas. (https://www.settlementhome.org/donate/)

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