JOE BUSH, 77, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 7:24 A.M. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at his residence.
A casual celebration of Joe's life will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the Lifespan Center, 11021 East County Road 800 North in Coles County. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Joe was born on April 24, 1937 in Mattoon, IL. He was the son of Roscoe Brown and Verna Louise (Zellers) Bush. He married Ruth Ann Louthan on November 1, 1957 in Mattoon, IL.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Bush of Mattoon, IL, one daughter, Rhonda Sharp of Neoga, IL, two grandsons, Dustin Levi Sharp of Mattoon, IL and Jordan Randall Sharp of Effingham, IL, one great-grandson, Damon William Sharp of Neoga, IL and one sister-in-law Becky Smith of Mattoon, IL.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, one son Randy Bush and one granddaughter, Whitney Michelle Sharp.
Joe graduated from Mattoon High School in 1955.
He owned and operated Joe’s Tap in Mattoon, IL for over 35 years.
He always enjoyed crappie fishing with his lifelong friend Dick Cunningham. They always had a friendly competition while fishing, keeping close tabs on who caught the first, the biggest and the most crappie. Joe and Dick also played a lot of “Hit and Spread”. Joe also enjoyed spending time with his family, his friends and his dog, Cody.