DERBY - Alfred "Ike" Joseph Bushway, 91, passed away on Aug. 21, 2013, at a Bangor health care facility. He was born Nov. 11, 1921, in Bangor, the son of Arthur and Mina (Burke) Bushway. He was raised in Brownville Junction and graduated from Brownville Junction High School in 1941. He was employed as a sheet metal worker by the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad for 35 years. Ike was a committed and loving husband and father who enjoyed fishing with his sons and grandson, and the time spent in his workshop. He was particularly fond of the many days spent ice fishing on Schoodic Lake. In later years, he enjoyed visiting the men at the Derby Shops. Ike served with the U.S. Army 8th Air Force as a sheet metal worker during his years serving our country. He was a member of the J.P. Chaisson Post No. 41 American Legion, and the St. Francis Xavier and Paul the Apostle Catholic Church where he served as an Eucharistic Minister.
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Ike is survived by two sons, Alfred and his wife, Esther, of Veazie, and Rodney and his wife, Judi, of Derby; two grandsons, Christopher and his wife, Kerry, of Bangor, and Nicholas Bushway of Sebec; one granddaughter, Meghan Bushway of Rochester, N.Y.; one great-granddaughter, Olivia Bushway of Bangor; one great-grandson, Isaac Bushway of Bangor; a niece, Patty Willams and her husband, Bob, of Holden; special friends, Louise and Steven Rhoda of Milo, and Diane and Terry Jay of Derby; and several well thought of nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Ike was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Dorothy (Landers) Bushway.
The family extends a special thanks to the staff of the Maine Veteran's Homes, Bangor, and especially the B-unit for caring for their Dad for the past three years.
A Memorial Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier and Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Milo, with the Rev. Joseph Cahill officiating. Burial will be in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Activity Fund at the Maine Veteran's Homes, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Aug. 23, 2013