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Walter A. "Tony" Bushell

February 14, 1935 June 27, 2017
Walter A. "Tony" Bushell
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Obituary for Walter A. "Tony" Bushell

Peoria- Walter Anthony “Tony” Bushell, age 82, of Peoria, IL passed away Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at sunset at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

Born February 14th, 1935 in Peoria, a son of J.W. and Louise (Herzog) Bushell. He married Sandra S. Huston on July 7th 1956, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria.

Tony is survived by his wife of 60 years and eight children; Annette Schmillen (Leonard) of Peoria, Andy Bushell (Julie) of Peoria, Vivian Bannon (John) of Chicago IL, Margo Dahmani of Chicago IL, Peter Bushell (Colleen) of Mahomet IL, Sarah Goldenberg (Alan) of Madison WI, Paul Bushell (Michelle) of Lawrenceville GA, Vincent Bushell (Laura) of Glen Carbon IL; two sisters, Mary Lou Bushell and Geraldine Owens. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by three brothers, Richard, John and Robert.

He graduated from St. Mark’s Catholic Grade School and Spalding Institute. He attended Notre Dame University and Bradley University. Tony pursued a career with New York Life Insurance and had a successful business of 55 years.

Living in Peoria his entire life, Tony was blessed with a rich and deep community of friends of all ages. His love of family and friends was paramount. It was through happy hours and sit-down meals that life unfolded. He was a good listener, enjoyed reading, had strong opinions and enjoyed a good debate. He was a virtuous man who loved gardening, opera, golf, Notre Dame football games and sunsets in Michigan.

Tony was active in Cursillo at its inception and also enjoyed years of liturgy planning at St. Marks. His faith was strong and provided a foundation for his moral compass, which he generously shared at times.

He is remembered as a great football kicker in his youth, a phenomenal dancer, and an exemplary father, grandfather, husband and friend. He always had a sense of humor and showed his true colors in the last weeks of his life at the hospice center. He believed there was always enough—more if we wanted it. His motto “Nothin to it” represented the ease with which he moved through life and with which he gracefully crossed over.

Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Friday, June 30, 2017, with a scripture service at 6:45 PM, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights. Funeral Mass begins at 10:30 AM, Saturday, July 1, 2017 also at the Church with a half hour prior visitation. Fr. Thomas Kelly, Msgr. Jason Gray and Fr. Paul Stark, S.J. will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in West Peoria.

Memorials in Tony’s name may be made to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home or Peoria Rescue Ministries.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

30

Jun

4:00 PM 6/30/2017 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6/30/2017 7:00:00 PM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Visitation

Saturday

1

Jul

10:00 AM 7/1/2017 10:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 7/1/2017 10:30:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

1

Jul

10:30 AM 7/1/2017 10:30:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Mary Cemetery Final Resting Place

421 N. Sterling Ave
West Peoria, IL 61604

421 N. Sterling Ave West Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home

Peoria Rescue Ministries

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