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LAKELAND - Russell Keith Bushong, aged 74 years, passed away suddenly on 16 March 2008, at LRMC from a tear in his aorta. His father and a sister died on the same date, different years. He was born at Gilman, Indiana, the son of the late Claude Leon Bushong and Hazel Marie Ryan.
His family had come from New Market, Virginia where the family roots were deeply intertwined with history from the Civil War back to the Revolutionary War. He was proud of his country and his church.

He served in the Army Medical Corp in Chinon, France post Korean War. He, his wife and children moved from Coral Gables,
Gloria and Russell Bushong
Gloria & Russell Bushong

Florida to Lakeland in 1977. He was an ordained deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church, member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, charter member of the H.B. Plant Historical Railroad Society in Plant City, member of Sons of the American Revolution, and along with his wife Gloria were coordinators of the Bushong Family Reunion held at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park on the Bushong homestead at New Market, Virginia.

He was well respected by his friends, neighbors, co-workers and loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents Claude and Hazel, one sister Berniece Bushong, and a nephew James Mahaney. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Gloria Neiger Bushong, his two children Jill (Mrs. Martin) Haight of Webster and Scott W. Bushong (wife Maria) of Lakeland, five grandchildren Kelly Cullinan of Lithia and Websterl and Victoria, Kaylee, Brianna and Evan Bushong of Lakeland, his sister Janice Mahaney of Gaston, Indiana, his nieces Sharon and Debbie and nephew Dennis all of Indiana and many cousins spread throughout the United States.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, 29 March 2008 at One o'clock P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland on Lake Hollingsworth, conducted by Dr. Mike Loudon, assisted by Rev. Jerry Conner. Interment will be in the Columbarium on the church property.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations in Russell's name be made to: New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, P.O. Box 1864, New Market, Virginia, 22844 where VMI is planning a memorial commemoration in his name
at the Bushong home. Published in the Lakeland Ledger on 3/23/2008.



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