Sterling Champ Bush – Colonel, United States Army

COL. U.S. ARMY (Ret.)

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Sterling Champ Bush, 87, died on December 24, 2001 at the Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine after an 8-month battle with kidney failure. He worked in the Washington, D.C. area during much of his military service, and retired to Cotuit, Massachusetts where he lived for 19 years before moving to Falmouth, Maine, two years ago. Colonel Bush was born in Dallas Texas.

He enlisted in the Army in July 1941, and served in Australia during World War II. After the war, he served in Greece as part of the American Mission to aid Greece in 1948 and 1949, and in Izmir, Turkey as part of U.S. NATO forces, from 1956 to 1960. He instructed at the National War College at Fort McNair, and retired as Inspector General of the Signal Corps in 1962.

After his military career, he worked as a computer executive for the Burroughs
Corporation in Paoli, Pennsylvania. He was an avid lifelong fisherman, fishing the Chesapeake Bay and Vineyard Sound for striped bass, blues and crabs. He devoted much of his time during the last 20 years to his handicapped son Robbie. His second
wife, Merle Joan Greenwood, whom he met in Australia during WWII, died in

He is survived by his five sons, Dennis (San Clemente, CA), Graeme (Washington, D.C.), Jay (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico), Greg (Cotuit, Massachusetts.) and Robert (Falmouth, Maine), and grandchildren, Michelle, Mathew, Emmy, Jenny, Sam and Andie.

Burial will be January 7, 2002. at 10:00 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions should be made to the Special Olympics.

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