On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, James Merle Hush, 91, died at the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home in Ogden, Utah, after a brief illness.
He was born to Homer Howard and Ada Mae Fryrear Hush, on Jan. 7, 1921, in Essex, Iowa. He graduated from high school in Red Oak, Iowa, in 1939. His family then moved to Marcus, Iowa, where he met the love of his life, Audrey K. Smith.
In 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Merle enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of the war until Dec. 1945. Upon his return home, he and Audrey were married on Dec. 29, 1945. He and Audrey were married for 61 years until her death in Feb. 2007.
He worked as a printer all of his working life. He was also a Boy Scout master for a number of years. He loved the outdoors and traveling. Merle resided in Evanston from 2008 to 2011. While in Wyoming, he participated in the Honor Flight Wyoming for World War II veterans in May 2010.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Ann (Bruce) Hudson of Evanston; his son, James Michael (Penny) Hush, of Marco Island, Fla.; granddaughters Wendy Kathleen Constantine and Darci Lea (Kyle) Beachler, both of Evanston; and great-grandsons Carson Lynn Constantine and Gage Kyle Beachler, both of Evanston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and his wife, Audrey Kathleen.
Graveside services will be in Evanston at a later date, to be announced.