Harmon Bush
October 31, 1932  -  August 19, 2017

Harmon Bush

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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
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Graveside Service
Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, August 24, 2017
10:00 a.m.
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Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 24 at Woodbine Cemetery for Harmon Bush of Artesia, New Mexico.

The Lord called Harmon home at 84 years old on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from the Mission Arch Nursing Home in Roswell, N.M.

Lee Roy Howard and John Knight will officiate at the service. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Israel Bush, Seth Bush, Jeremiah Bush, Cody Bush, Anthony Trevino, and Sterling Steffens. Honorary pallbearers will be all of his friends and customers that he enjoyed visiting with.

Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Wednesday beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Harmon was born in Sweetwater, Texas on October 31, 1932 to Gracie (Williams) Bush and Paul Bush.

He moved to Artesia in 1948 and graduated from Artesia High School. After graduation he married Peggy May and then attended college in Las Cruces and Portales. Harmon worked at Russels Store and hauled freight.

Harmon was a member of West Main Baptist Church and love the Lord. He loved to sing the old gospels in the choir. Harmon was a Sunday School teacher and held many church positions.

He opened Bush Auto Supply Store in 1974. Harmon loved the parts business and getting to visit with his friends and customers. He was a hard working and honest man and was well respected in the community. In his spare time Harmon enjoyed fishing and hunting.

In 1988 he married Marilyn (Powers) Willis and they started buying and raising cattle. Ranching and that lifestyle became a true passion for them. Harmon named every calf that was born. He and Marilyn did all the branding, doctoring, and the feeding together. They enjoyed ranching for many years and Harmon had a way with the cattle being able to stop anywhere with a stock trailer and load a big bull by himself. He sold his store and ranched until his health started failing but had his horses and dogs up til their deaths.

Harmon was preceded in death by his mother Gracie Holder and J.P. Holder and his father Paul Bush.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn of the family home; sons Jim Bush and wife Linda of Artesia, Kent Bush and wife Genny of Artesia; daughter Kristy Bush of Artesia; step children Diana Wilson and husband David of Artesia, Johnny Sisk and wife Kristee of Artesia, Carol Menuey and husband Wally of Carlsbad, N.M.; grandchildren Israel Bush and wife Victoria, Seth Bush and wife Kelli, Jeremiah Bush, Cody Bush and wife Renee, Anthony Trevino, Nichole Hernandez and Judah Hernandez; step grandchildren Lacy Wilson, Justin Wilson, Lane Davis, Heath Davis and wife Jessica, Murphy Davis and wife Jessica, Frankie Sisk, Johnny Sisk, Kaley Sisk, Cheyenne Steffens and husband Nick, Sterling Steffens, Chance Steffens and wife Sabrina, Skyler Menuey, Myssi Dickinson and husband Toby, Mark Ducan, and Tim Duncan; great-grandchildren Josiah, Uriah, Khaydon, Silas, Walker, and Wyatt; step great-grandchildren Sierra, Taylor, Nicole, Ayla, Alora, Cadence, and Hunter; brothers Perry Holder and wife Wanda, Wayne Holder and wife Deanna and Charles Holder and wife Nancy.


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  1. Russell Kirkpatrick
    Albuquerque, NM

    Our thoughts and prayers for the family. Mr Bush was a good person that always helped others. A man of integrity

  2. Larry Taylor
    Atresia, NM

    I man that I truly respected for many, many years. Bought many and searched for many automotive parts from him. He could and would do anything for you. no BS with this man. Sure love him. Til later MR. Bush❤️🙏

  3. Ken vandagriff
    El paso, TX

    To Jim bush and family. I'm sorry for your loss.i liked Jim and enjoyed our business and. Personal relationship.

  4. Raymond J Jones
    Artesia, NM

    so sorry to hear of Harmon's passing but knowing it was to a better place with our Lord. really enjoyed the years of buying parts for Kaiser Bus Co. from Harmon and visiting with Jim and Ken over the years, lots of fond memories!!!!

  5. Benjamin Combs
    Crowley, TX

    My CondolencesTo the Bush Family; Jim, Kent & Kristy,
    So Sorry to Hear of the Loss of Your Dad. I Have Fond Memeries of Mr. Bush, He was a Great Man and Hard Worker. I Remember All the Good Times Over at Your Home. My Thoughts and Prayers are with You All. May God Bless...

  6. Riley Ray

    Jim, so sorry to hear about your dad. I remember going to the parts store and not knowing what I needed but Mr. Bush always knew. He was a good man who will be missed.

  7. Bobby Mckinney
    lovington, NM

    I bet ya'll don't remember me, but he always treated me like I was good as everybody else, thank god for him and people like him, God Bless ya'll!

  8. Nancy Dunn
    Artesia, NM

    I am so sorry for your family's loss

  9. Tina Colwell Mullett
    Denver, CO

    My deepest condolences to the family. I have some very fond memories of the years I worked for him. Truly a very special man. Love & prayers to all.

  10. Tina Hammond
    Ben Wheeler, TX

    Jim, I'm sorry to hear that Harmon passed away. My thoughts and prayers for you and the family that God will comfort you during this time.

  11. Renee Bush
    Murrieta, CA

    Sending our love to all of the family. We are very saddened by the loss, but very proud to be his family. Love you all.
    Cody, Renee, Wyatt, and Walker

  12. Joseph Tillery
    Lockney, TX

    Blessings and prayers as you celebrate his life

  13. Colleen Bollema
    Artesia, NM

    Praying for you and your families. ❤️

  14. Susan Deichman
    Carlsbad, NM

    Blessings for the family members of Harmon. He was a joy to be around, a very kind man.

    Susan Wall Deichman

  15. Denise Tice
    Artesia, NM

    Kent, Ginny, Kristy, Jim and family ~ So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad ~ love, thoughts and prayers to all ~ Denise Tidwell Tice

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