Terry Bush loved his family, cooking

Saturday, January 26, 2013 | 9:54 p.m. CST; updated 7:56 a.m. CST, Monday, January 28, 2013

COLUMBIA — Within the past 10 years, Terry Bush's mother nicknamed him “Roadrunner” because he was always on the go.

“One of his favorite catchphrases was ‘keep it moving,’” said Liz Bush, Mr. Bush’s sister.

Terry Lewis Bush, of Columbia, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at his home. He was 51. The autopsy results have not yet been confirmed, but the family believes he died of natural causes, said Shelia Chapman, Mr. Bush’s sister.

Mr. Bush was born on Dec. 24, 1961, in Fayette to Roscoe Stemmons and Gussie Bush. He was the youngest boy of nine children.

“He was all about family. Family meant everything to him,” Chapman said.

Chapman and Mr. Bush would plan for family gatherings together, as they did this past Thanksgiving.

“He wanted to get everyone together; he said it was going to be a special day,” Chapman said.

Punctuality was very important to Mr. Bush, so he appreciated when Chapman had the table set and decorated with centerpieces by the time everyone arrived.

“He was so proud of me,” Chapman said.

“Terry never missed a birthday; he always sent out cards and gifts,” Liz Bush said.

Mr. Bush was very close to his family, especially to his mother and his son, Tyler.

“Tyler was his world,” Liz Bush said. He and Tyler liked to attend Missouri sporting events, particularly football and basketball games.

Mr. Bush was the Concessions Manager for Levy Restaurants of the MU athletics department and worked for the university for 26 years.

Before the national anthem at the start of Saturday's basketball game against Vanderbilt, the arena held a moment of silence in honor of Mr. Bush.

“He was very dedicated to his work. He cared a lot about the University of Missouri, and they cared a lot about him,” Liz Bush said.

Mr. Bush's biggest passions were taking care of his family and food. A large portion of his life was dedicated to cooking for others.

“Terry was an amazing chef. He could cook like no other," Liz Bush said. "He would prepare a seven-course meal in 30 minutes, and you’d think it took him five hours.”

Mr. Bush was passionate not only about his family but also about people in general. He would often offer financial support or comfort a friend in need, Liz Bush said.

“He had a beautiful spirit about him, which I think is what attracts most people to him,” she said.

Mr. Bush is survived by his son, Tyler Bush of Springfield; mother, Gussie Bush of Fayette; three sisters, Shelia (Troy) Chapman and Vicky Bush of Fayette, and Liz Bush of Olathe, Kan.; four brothers, John, Randy, and Richard Bush of Fayette, and Steven Bush of Columbia; Julian Cave, Tyler's close friend, whom Mr. Bush called his "other son;" his best friend, Marvin Newbill; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

His father, Roscoe Stemmons, one sister, Betty Broadus, and a niece, Patricia Bush, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Family Fellowship, 710 Missouri 240, Fayette. Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop W.

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