Warren Lee Bush, 74, of Wall Lake, passed away peacefully at Kavanaugh House in Des Moines on June 9, 2022.
Warren was born to Addis (Mike) and Hertha Bush on Feb. 20, 1948, in Windom, Minn. He was the middle of seven children and always commented on how lucky he was to be both the smartest and best looking of them all.
In his early years Warren attended primary school in a one-room schoolhouse. According to Warren he was one of the top three students……in his class of three. He traveled to New Jersey for several summers prior to graduating high school and worked on a horse farm belonging to a distant relative. He spoke fondly of that time, and it instilled in him a deep love for horses which he carried into his final days.
Warren made a name for himself as a star distance runner at Harris-Lake Park. He was a state champion in the one-mile run and earned a scholarship to run at The University of Iowa. Warren was a U of I letterman, an honor of which he was extremely proud. After earning his undergraduate degree in Accounting, Warren attended Arizona State University where he earned his law degree. He practiced general law in western Iowa for nearly 50 years, owning his own firm in Wall Lake for most of that time.
On Jan. 16, 1971, Warren married Linda Louise Schroeder in Odebolt. They made their home in Wall Lake and their union produced three sons: Chad (Angie), Scott (Jessica) and Tobin (Stephanie). Warren was an active member of the community serving as a youth football coach, the unofficial City tree-trimmer, City attorney for several years and Sac County Magistrate for 32 years.
Warren was a founding member of The Biodiesel Group. Together the members spearheaded the biodiesel production facilities in Wall Lake, Newton, Washington, and Farley. Warren retired from the Western Dubuque Biodiesel board in 2021 and was an active board member for Western Iowa Energy at the time of his passing.
In 2005 Warren took his interest in horses to another level by purchasing his first racehorse. He subsequently bought, sold, and bred numerous horses and named a horse after each of his grandchildren. He loved getting pictures in the winner’s circle with friends and family after a victory. Warren and Linda enjoyed attending the Kentucky Derby, visiting horse farms in Lexington, spending time in Hot Springs and meeting new people within the racing community.
Warren was a loyal Iowa Hawkeye fan who rarely missed a football game in Kinnick Stadium. He enjoyed working in his garden and took great pride in his green thumb, but his greatest pride and passion was his family. Of all his titles his favorite was Grandpa B. He spent countless hours at flag football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and football games, track meets and music concerts. Warren loved to take Adrian, Nile, Xavier, Mary and Ellie and their friends to Adventureland and never shied away from taking the seat beside them on the SpaceShot or Tornado. He encouraged learning about history and the world around them by asking $1 questions and designed trivia games at family events. The only thing Warren wouldn’t do for his grandkids was pay for water.
Warren lived life to the fullest, loved with all his heart and made sure those around him knew how special they were. He leaves an unfillable void in the lives of those lucky enough to know him.
Please join the Bush family in celebrating Warren’s life on Friday, June 24, 2022, at Glen Oaks Country Club, 1401 Glen Oaks Drive, West Des Moines, IA. Fellowship and refreshments will begin at 4 PM, followed by a celebration of life program at 6 PM. We’ll be sharing our favorite stories about Warren to keep the memories with us. Please bring your favorite memories, Hawkeye highlights and bad jokes to honor this life well lived! In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to the Warren Bush Memorial Fund at Westside State, Bank, Box 425, Wall Lake, IA 51466.