GRANITE CITY—RC Bush, 88, of Granite City, passed away at 10:08 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village.

RC was born Oct. 5, 1930, in Union County, Ill., the son of Raleigh Clarence and Marie Flint Bush. He married Shirley McWorthy on June 24, 1948, in Savanna.

RC and Shirley began dating in high school when they were 14 years old. He was the captain of the football team and she was a cheerleader.

RC was employed as an executive director for economic development at the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce. He and Shirley also worked together for 50 years. RC was a member of the Rotary Club and Lions Club in Granite City.

He had a great sense of humor and was quick-witted. He was passionate about gardening, especially about his roses. RC also enjoyed playing golf, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and he was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, RC Bush Jr.; granddaughter, Elizabeth Bush; and sisters, Christine, Wilma, Helen and Cleo.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Shirley Bush of Springfield; daughter, Debbie (husband, Jeff) Bruce of Glenarm; daughter-in-law, Kim Bush of Clinton, Iowa; grandchildren, Marc Bush of Clinton, Iowa, Cory Bruce of Springfield, and Kaitlyn Bruce of New Orleans, La.; great-grandchildren, Julian Whisker and Rocco Whisker, both of Clinton, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation was provided by Butler Cremation Tribute Center. Private family ceremonies will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Care Center, 1818 Cleveland Blvd., Granite City, IL 62040, or www.gccommunitycenter.org.

The family of RC Bush is being served by Butler Funeral Home-Springfield, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.