Arvid Bush


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Arvid Bush, 76, died peacefully on April 30, 2020 from the long term effects of Parkinson’s disease. He was married for 50 years to his wife Ruth (Culbertson), who survives him. He was a long-term resident of Des Plaines, Illinois. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2006. In 2018, he entered a long-term care facility with memory care when safety became an issue due to hallucinations. He has a sister and sister-in-law who are currently living with Parkinson's disease and a deceased sister-in-law who lived with Parkinson's. His hope was that research would help find ways to eliminate the effects of the disease. His wish to donate his body to scientific research was fulfilled upon his death.

Other survivors include their children Christine (Brian) Reilly of Lake Villa, Illinois; Jennifer (Jose) Pelayo of Elgin, Illinois, and Jolene (Sean) Johnson of Plainfield, Illinois; grandchildren Ricky, Kelsey, Noah, Samantha, Caitlynn, and Daniel; siblings Richard (Carolyn), Ronnie (Sandra), Sharon (Max) McLean, Sam (Patsy), Boone, and Tim; brother-in-laws Robert Culbertson, Charles Huttar, and Paul Culbertson; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis and Irma Bush, his infant siblings Karen and Joel Bush, and his sisters-in-law Joy Huttar, Janet and Arlene Culbertson

Born in Pensacola, Florida January 13, 1944, Arvid received a degree in Jewish studies from Moody Bible Institute (IL) in 1966. He worked at Moody Bible Institute for 42 years until his retirement in 2009. His interests included cooking, gardening, history, woodworking, traveling on backroads, and reading. Until he was physically unable, he was an active member of The Orchard Church, Arlington Heights, IL. Since his marriage to Ruth, he looked forward to attending Island Grove Campground, Mexico, PA every summer and making memories with his family and friends. Arvid was a gentle and kind man, always ready to be of help others.

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