Gary Van Bush Sr., a beloved husband, father, and friend, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2023.
He was born on November 25, 1950, in Hempstead, New York, to the late Mr. Freddie White and Ms. Thelma Phillips. Gary was the only child born to his mother, but he had six brothers and sisters. He had a great childhood growing up in New York before he later moved to Maryland. Gary joined the U.S. Army in May 1973 and served honorably for 22 years. Rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class, he dedicated his life to serving his country. In 1995, Gary was honorably discharged from active duty. He then joined the Department of Defense and worked in the Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison (OCLL) as a Human Resources Technician for 15 years before retiring in 2013.
Gary was known for his love and affection for his family and friends. He took great joy in hosting his annual fish fry gatherings and was a connoisseur of Jazz Festivals, with a particular fondness for the sounds of Miles Davis. He was also a devoted fan of the Washington Commanders (formerly the Washington Redskins). Beyond his immediate family, Gary's warm and compassionate nature drew people towards him, fostering strong and loyal friendships. His infectious laughter and genuine care brought comfort
and happiness to those around him, and his presence could light up any room.
Gary Van Bush leaves behind a legacy of love that will be cherished by many. In addition to his loving wife, Vernette Bush, he is survived by his mother, Thelma Phillips, and his children: Tiffany Parler (along with her husband, Eric Parler), Gary Bush Jr., and Daughter-in-love Jamie Hutchinson. He also leaves behind his beloved granddaughter, Madison Parler. His memory will be forever held dear by his siblings: Wendy (White) Grimes, Deborah White, Jean (White) Ford, Kenneth White, Michael White, and Anthony White. In the hearts of those who knew him, Gary's life will forever remain a blessing and his memory a
treasure. He will be loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
"His life was a blessing, his memory a treasure. He is loved beyond words and missed beyond