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Harmon Bush
October 31, 1932  -  August 19, 2017

 

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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