The nation is in mourning after the death of America’s 41st President. Former President George H.W. Bush, is being remembered in Washington, across the country, and here in the Wabash Valley.
America has lost a friend, a father and a hero,
“He was an important and a special President so when I heard I was touched and emotionally upset,” Lisa Dewey said.
George Herbert Walker Bush was born June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts.
After he turned 18, he enlisted in the Navy and became the youngest fighter pilot in World War 2.
After his military service, he attended Yale then soon after married his college sweet heart Barbara.
Together they left the east coast and headed south to Texas where they had 6 children.
Their first daughter, Robin passed away from Leukemia before she turned 4.
“Despite that happening he didn’t get in a rut and get bogged down with all of that but him and his wife continued on,” John Simmons said.
Bush won two terms in Congress and lost two Senate races.
But his journey would ultimately bring him back to Washington, first as Vice President to Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989 then becoming President himself between 1989 to 1993.
“That he was very calm and sensitive,” Dewey said. “That’s a word that comes to mind a lot about him, sensitive.”
“Class, family, how he cared himself around his family, how he loved his family, that’s what I remember,” Simmions said. “Despite being on the National stage like he was he always seemed to have time for his kids, his grandkids and so on.”
He failed to get elected for a second term in 1994 losing to Bill Clinton.
Bush’s son George would serve as Governor of Texas and two terms as President, while son Jeb became Governor of Florida.
His wife of over 70 years passed away in April and after months of failing health George soon followed.
He was the longest living president in history.
“As close as him and his wife Barbara were, you know after 70 some years I think he just died of a broken heart,” Simmons said.
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His most memorable moments to Hoosiers, his vice president pick, Indiana native Dan Quayle and his famous saying “read my lips no new taxes.”
On Wednesday the former President will be remembered during a state funeral at the National Cathedral.
He will then be taken back to Texas where a second funeral is scheduled to take place.