James Gordon Bushie was born April 7, 1957 in Virginia at the Fort Belvoir Military Hospital to Chief Warrant Officer Gordon James Bushie and Emele Jane (Laun) Bushie. He passed away September 6, 2012 at 55 years of age in St. James, Missouri.
James was proceeded in death by his parents and grandparents, George and Violet Laun and Harrison and Effie Bushie, and brother Lee Harrison Bushie. James is survived by his partner Lori Mathis and family, Charles Mathis, Jennifer Mathis and husband Jimmy Daniels, Adam Mathis and wife Donita, Brittany Vito-Mathis, Gwendolyn Daniels and Izabella Mathis. Other surviving family members include sisters Gail Rust and husband Scott, Lynn Wilson and husband Dennis, Ginny Pherigo and husband Danny, and an extended family including aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
James grew up in St. James, graduated from John F. Hodge High School in 1975 and attended East Central College in Union.
He worked as a sales representative in Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis before returning to St. James.James had many talents and interests. When he was in high school he participated in sports, sang in the choir and even started his own band.
Anyone traveling down Jefferson Street on a summer evening might hear the band practicing on his parents back porch. Fishing was a favorite past time of James' and he could often be found on the riverbank at Maramec Spring casting his line for a lunker trout.
James was an avid Cardinal fan and enjoyed attending games in St. Louis with his family. He loved the spirit of competition and was anxious for everyone to participate in the “guess the total attendance” game for a dollar.
James was a loving and attentive grandfather. He enjoyed spending time reading, swimming, and watching the Three Stooges with his granddaughters. When the school bus arrived at home in the afternoon he was always there to greet his granddaughter, ask about her day and help with homework.
Because James loved dogs, especially his beautiful pure bred dachshunds, a memorial has been established in this memory to the Tri-County Humane Society.
A memorial service was held Sunday, September 9th, at the St. James United Methodist Church with Reverend Amy Turner officiating. Music was provided by Trilogy.
The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support.