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Obituary of Dana Bush


Dana Robert Bush, of Cortland, New York passed away on January 10, 2024, at
Cortland Guthrie Hospital at the age of 73. Dana was the son of the late Raymond and
Isabelle Potter Bush and was born on December 8, 1950.

He met his high school sweetheart Evanna (Sissy) Root in the seventh grade, and the
two were later married in August 1970. They enjoyed a 53-year marriage that produced
two children, Christopher, and Rebecca.

Dana was a lifelong resident of Cortland. After finishing high school, he attended
Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) and graduated with a business degree in
1971. During high school, college and beyond Dana worked for the family-owned
business, Ticknor Furniture. He also worked at Brewer Titchener (Cooper Tools) and
then went on to SUNY Cortland for many years until his retirement in 2018.
In Dana’s spare time he enjoyed bowling and golf. He was a volunteer firefighter for the
Orris Hose Co #2 Cortland Fire Department, and he held several officer positions for the
United States Bowling Congress (USBC) plus a Seven Valley Bowling Hall of Fame
Member. Belonging to these organizations was a source of many good memories and
brought Dana much life enjoyment. He was a family-oriented man and was greatly
interested in the lives of his grandchildren and loved watching them grow and change
over the years.

Dana is survived by his wife, Evanna (Sissy) Root Bush, his children Christopher
(Brennen) Bush, Rebecca (Kevin) Merritt, grandchildren Jackson McCall-Bush, Kirsten
Merritt, Lillian McCall-Bush, twins Brett and Ashley Merritt.

There are no services at this time as a celebration of life will be announced later. It was
Dana’s wish that contributions be made to Seven Valley USBC Youth Bowling Program
4145 North Tower Rd. East Freetown, NY 13040.

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