Obituaries for July 20, 2012

By Observer Upload July 20, 2012 01:24 pm

Melvin Bushman

formerly of La Grande



Melvin Bushman, 61, died in his Salem home on July 13, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mel was born on April 16, 1951, to Wilbur and Lou Bushman of De Smet, S.D. He grew up in Silverton. 

Mel is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he was recognized with a Bronze Star. He served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. He married Denise Villines in 1977. They lived in La Grande and later made their home in Salem in 1983. Mel worked as a truck driver for Boise Cascade and later Yellow Freight. He was a member of Teamsters. 

Mel loved fishing, hunting, and being in the outdoors. He especially enjoyed his trips to South Dakota to his Aunt Duddy’s farm, where he hunted pheasant with his beloved dog, Ladde. Mel looked forward to annual trips to Alaska to fish with his lifelong group of friends. In recent years, Mel enjoyed being a grandpa and taking special fishing trips with his grandkids and family in his motor home. 

Mel is survived by his wife, Denise Bushman; daughters, Jessica Bushman and Megan Gallinger; son-in-law, Jeff Gallinger; son, Seth Bushman; daughter-in-law, Kathy Bushman; sister, Shirley Cain; and mother-in-law, Darlene Villines. Mel is also survived by five grandchildren. Mel was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Margaret Bushman-Rogers. 

In lieu of flowers donations to the American Cancer Society are appreciated. There will be a celebration of life for Mel in September. 

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