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James J. Bushman

July 12, 2020


James Joseph “Jimbo” Bushman, 81, of Dubuque passed away Sunday July 12, 2020 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Private graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Mount Olivet Cemetery, with full military honors accorded by the Iowa Army National Guard and American Legion Post #6. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements

Jim was born on December 16, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joseph and Mae (Gerleman) Bushman.

Jim and Barbara Coates were united in marriage on May 9, 1964 and shared 56 years together. He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1960 in Korea. After his service to our Nation he returned to Dubuque and began his career at Dubuque John Deere Tractor Works. He worked there for 30 years retiring in 1996 and was a member of the United Auto Workers Local #94.

Jim loved to spend time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed spending time at “The Shop” with his son Roger and his brothers. There was always a project going on, a tractor to be worked on, a construction project, and of course cutting grass.

Those left to cherish Jim’s memory include his wife Barbara; his son Roger (Laura) Bushman, his daughter Dana (Dustin) Rector, both of Dubuque. Grandchildren Kylie Rector (Jesse Schmitt & daughter Avery), Kendra Bushman, Kameron Rector, and Kolton Rector;  a great grandson Connor Schmitt; his siblings Richard Bushman, Joseph (Sandy) Bushman, Gary Bushman, David Bushman, Roseann (Pete) Wilson, Steve (Sue) Bushman, Gene Bushman, and Mary (James) York; a sister-in-law Diane Bushman; brothers-in-law Ronnie (Bonnie) Coates and Bob (Lisa) Coates; sister-in-law Sue Coates along with nieces and nephews and Jim’s many friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Howard; and his mother and father-in-law Delmont and Dorothy Coates and a brother-in-law Richard Coates.

Memorials in Jim’s name may be gives to the Key West Fire Department.

Jim’s family would like to thank, Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his nurse Kate, Dr. Ron Iverson and the nurses and staff at Unity Point Finley Hospital especially the ICU unit for all the wonderful care they gave to Jim.


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