Herman Thomas “Herm” Bushnell

Lansing, Michigan.

Born October 24, 1932, in Lansing, Michigan, son of the late Claudius and Marian (Sanderson) Bushnell passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018, at age 85.

Herm is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Kathleen Bushnell; their three children, Thomas Bushnell, Mary (John) Simmons, and James Bushnell; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Esther McDonald; along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Phyllis Smith and Marjory Turner.

Herm graduated from Mason High School class of 1950.  He attended Michigan State University where he played in the Marching Band.  Herm served in the U.S. Army, 119th Field Artillery Division and in the U.S. National Guard, 72nd Support Center.  He went to officers training at Fort Sill Oklahoma and retired from the military with the rank of Major.  Herm was a retiree from the State of Michigan Department of Transportation where he served as a Cartographic Supervisor.  He was a member of the “Singers on the Grand” and the “Young at Heart Singers” playing Trombone for both.  Herm was also a member of the American Legion, Gideons International, the Michigan Road Riders, and was a former member of the National Model Railroad Association.  Riding his Harley Davidson and playing his Trombone were two of his passions along with his Church, Christ Community Church in Lansing.

The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. His family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will take place in Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Those who wish, may make a memorial contribution, in Herm’s memory, to Gideons International or Christ Community Church of Lansing.

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Steve Osga
February 12, 2018 at 12:25 pm

So sorry to hear this news, RIP Herm.

Merle Potter
February 13, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Herm wad an unusual and gifted person. I really enjoyed singing with him in the Young at Heart singers, even though he got after me quite often for talking when he thought I should be listening. To ride a Harley over 400,000 miles and survive was remarkable. I was lucky to have known him.

Charles (Chuck) Welsh
February 14, 2018 at 8:35 am

I knew Herm all my life
and found him to be a good guy with a great sense of humor. I called this week to wish him well and not knowing he was terminally ill. I talked to Kathleen and asked her give Herm my good wishes. He will be greatly missed.

Sarah Bushnell Cannon
February 17, 2018 at 2:09 am

Charles, did you travel on your Harley out west with him? I can’t remember his travel buddy’s name. Was it you?

Becky & Pete Murthum
February 16, 2018 at 2:45 pm

It was a real privilege to know Herm Bushnell. Pete had the unique opportunity to be in a band with a talented musician who’d also played with his dad, George, back in the day.

We send our deepest sympathies, and continued prayers. We aren’t able to join for the gathering on Saturday, but we know that the LORD is with each one. May you feel His comfort and courage for the days ahead.

Rick Soules
February 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm

One fine gentleman, will be truly missed.

Michael F. Murphy Ingham East Camp
March 19, 2018 at 9:35 am

Herm was a good Gideon and a good friend. We’ll miss him, but he’s with God now, and far better off than the rest of us. We thank God for his service and his life.


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