We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. Enter
your email below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you
can stop at any time. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.
Read more about the life story of Gary and share your memory.
Gary G. Bushman, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 2, 2021 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Iowa Army National Guard. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Please remember to wear your mask and social distance. If you are unable to attend a live stream of the service will be on the funeral home Facebook page.
Gary was born on July 5, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joseph and Mae (Gerleman) Bushman. He graduated from Wahlert High School in Dubuque and enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War.
He worked for John Deere in Dubuque for 34 years until retirement. After retirement he moved to Cedar Rapids where he worked with his son’s excavating business. He was a member of the UAW Local 94.
Gary taught his children that hard work, grit and generosity will get you through life. He loved his grandchildren and was proud of all their accomplishments.
He is survived by his three children Daniel Bushman of Cedar Rapids, Jennifer Heller of Cedar Falls and Katherine (Robert) Smith of Bethesda, Maryland. Eight grandchildren, Joseph, Jenna, Jade and Jacob Bushman, Broden and Brock Heller, Olivia and Quinn Smith. Sisters Rosean (Pete) Wilson and Mary (James) York; Brothers, Richard Bushman, Joseph (Sandy) Bushman, David Bushman, Steve (Sue) Bushman and Gene Bushman. His sisters-in-law Barbara Bushman and Diane Bushman along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Howard in 2017 and James in 2020.