Harold “Hal” Harrington Bush Jr.
Harold “Hal” Harrington Bush, Jr., 74, of Estes Park, passed away October 11, 2011.
He was born on November 4, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan to Harold H. Bush, Sr. and Vera M. Stuetzer. He married his beloved wife, Dorothy “Dorry” Brewer, on September 1, 1956.
He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, specializing in radar systems and was stationed in Korea, Florida and Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Michigan State University and was a veteran newspaper reporter, photographer, editor and outdoors writer in Port Huron and Algonac, Michigan.
Hal traveled to all 50 states in the U.S. with his family when his children were young and was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, marksman and baseball fan. He also played the trumpet and piano. He authored a book, “The Alaska Travel Handbook,” that offered trip planning for recreationalists based on his family’s eight-week long, 11,000- mile trip from Michigan to Alaska with their station wagon and camper in 1974.
In 1975, Hal and his family moved from Michigan to Estes Park, Colorado where he and his wife were local shop owners, which included The Sport Shop, for many years. He later worked as an electrician for the Bureau of Reclamation on operations at the Colorado-Big Thompson project in Loveland, at the Granby Reservoir and Estes Park Power Plant. He retired from the Bureau in 1997.
After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and the U.S., camping and spending time with their family. He was a member of the Estes Park Gun Club, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and a valuable volunteer with the Estes Park Scottish-Irish Highland Festival.
Hal was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother and is greatly missed. He is survived by his wife off 55 years, Dorry, sisters Sarah Jane Hanson and Sandy Maris, his children David Bush (Deborah) of Conifer, Kathleen (Kent) Edlund of Post Falls, Idaho, Rebecca (Charles) Pirtle of Poulsbo, Washington and Kenneth (Yvonne) Bush of Deer Park, New York; and six grandchildren: Maxwell, Jennifer, Jacob, Benjamin, Megan and Kaitlyn.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct 15 at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave., Estes Park. Please view the online obituary, send condolences and sign the family guest book at www.allnutt.com. Memorial contributions may be made to The Pet Association, c/o Estes Park Pet Lodge, P.O. Box 3534, Estes Park, CO 80517.