SYRACUSE – George A. Bushong, 97, of Syracuse, passed away at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at Wellbrooke of South Bend in South Bend.
He was born on Nov. 23, 1922, in Syracuse, to Joseph R. and Olive M. Geyer Bushong.
He was a lifetime Syracuse area resident and graduated in 1940 from Syracuse High School. He served in the United States Army Air Corps from Jan. 11, 1941, to June 30, 1945, and was in the Normandy campaign. On June 16, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo., he married Mary Beth Stevens, who preceded him on Jan. 8, 1991. He was the former owner/operator of Bushong’s Barber Shop in Syracuse for 47 years. He was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Syracuse, Masonic Lodge in Milford, Scottish Rite in Fort Wayne, life member of both the VFW Post 1342 & American Legion Post 223, both in Syracuse, and Friends of the Library in Syracuse. He was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Elkhart.
He is survived by daughter, Rosemary (Daniel) Bilicki, of Naperville, Ill.; two sons, David (Becky) Bushong, of Houston, Texas; and Richard (Rebecca) Bushong, of Howey in the Hills, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two brothers, Avon Bushong and Jon (Jenny) Bushong, both of Syracuse.
He was preceded by his parents, wife and daughter, Pamela Bushong,
A memorial service will be held at later date.
Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial bequest may be given to the American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Dr, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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