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Richard "Skip" Stadan Bushell

August 11, 1939 — June 27, 2016


A man of His Word you came to be,
Strong in His Spirit, a man to believe.

Steadfast and true, stood our faithful brother
As our God had created unlike any other.

Encouraging words spoken gentle was heard,
This is a man, a man of His Word.

With love in his heart for his family and friends
He was the example on that you could depend.

When we all get to Heaven
That's where he will be
A man of His Word for all eternity.

Dedicated to our Brother in Christ, Skip Bushell
-Michael Miranda

Richard "Skip" Bushell was the epitome of a man who chose to live a Purpose Driven Life.

Born in Stamford, Texas
Moved to Oregon, then California
Former resident of Salinas, California and Roseville, California

Skip and his beautiful, loving wife, Susan, had just joyously celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 18th, 2016. As their three children, family and loved ones looked on, Skip and Sue renewed their vows before God. What a beautiful day it was!

Just 9 days later, our Lord Jesus chose to call him Home.
As expected this came as a shock to his family, but today we are choosing to celebrate his life.

And what a wonderful and full life it was!

Skip served our country in the United States Army from 1965 - 1972, serving one tour in Vietnam and receiving the Bronze Star Medal of Valor.
A member of the Golden Knights Army Parachute Team from 1966 - 1972, Skip was promoted to the rank of Captain before honorably leaving the United States Army. Skip loved to tell the story of how he met and provided some training to "The Duke" a.k.a. John Wayne on the set of the Green Berets during a time when stationed in California. (Look in the Skip's pictures....wink,wink.)

Though truly proud of his years in service to our country, Skip's true passion and life's calling was to serve the Lord through music ministry.

A graduate of Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Skip chose to take his education and put it to great use and purpose.

For the last 50+ years Skip worked in Radio ministry, having worked at various radio stations.

It was when God laid it upon Skip's heart and with several others, they founded a radio station that would broadcast a positive and encouraging message of God's love and forgiveness. A station that would solely be listener supported.
And so it was that KLOVE was born. Late one night, after working all day with a crew, Skip flipped the "switch" and KLOVE poured out across the land, ministering to the hearts and souls of people all across San Francisco and the Bay Area.

The Lord continuously looked upon Skip in great favor, honoring his servants heart.
He was always full of so many stories that blessed him and excited him to his core, of how God had blessed the endeavors of KLOVE's mission, it's employees who work there and the listeners whose lives had been forever changed because of KLOVE.

Today, after Skip spent 30 years with KLOVE, working diligently to expand KLOVE's signal, it is wondrously heard all across our nation and worldwide via the web.

A wondrous man who lived life with passion, fervor and humility, integrity and fortitude, compassion, humor and kindness.....the list could go on and on.
But above all service to our Lord.

How honored his family is to have a father who lived, served and led by example what it meant to follow Christ.

In a world so lacking of men willing to step up and guide his children, Skip was the epitome of not only a great man, but of a great father.
The very best father and husband anyone could have hoped and prayed for.

Always willing to sit with his children and listen to their hearts and minds, gently guiding and teaching them, with wisdom and understanding, in the ways that they should go.
Firm, when needed, but never without their knowledge that they were still loved and always forgiven.

Carol, his eldest daughter, often told him, "Daddy it is because of you and who and what you are, that I have the strong faith that I do today. Thank you for being the Earthly example to me of who my Heavenly Father is."

Skip was deeply devoted to his wife, Sue. Encouraging and supporting as she pursued her passions and own life of servitude to the Lord.
All that Sue had to do was tell Skip what she was feeling led to do, or how they could donate or meet a need....and Skip would see to it whatever Sue desired to do to help and encourage others that it was doubled in effort and provision.

Together Skip and Sue taught their three children the true meaning of marriage and lifelong commitment. Loving deeply through both the good and tough times. And a marriage based upon Christlike principles. No matter what may have come their way, they walked, stood and served Christ together through it all.

Though Skip is going to be deeply and tremendously missed by all of his family, through the midst of their pain, they are rejoicing and are so encouraged to know that their husband and father heard these words as he was called home, "Your work is done here, My Son. Well done, My good and faithful servant."

Joyously celebrating Skip's Heavenly homecoming are:

Skip's wife, Susan Bushell, of 50 wonderful, fully lived and loved years
His children:
Son, Richard H. Bushell and grandson, Chance Bushell
Daughter, Carol Sue Bushell-Bousman and Carol's husband, William Bousman. Granddaughter, Janelle Laurynn Collier and Great-Grandson, Michael Stadan Collier (who honorably carries his Great Papa's middle name.)
Daughter, Laura Jean Bushell-McIntrye and Laura's husband, Bryon McIntrye. Grandson, Nicholas Jayden and Granddaughter, Natalie Kathryn..
Sister, Linda L. King and her daughters, Jill Bollier and Melissa King. Melissa's daughter, Simone King.
Sister-in-law, Kathleen Smith and her children, Shannon (Smith) Moreno and Brian Smith. Brian's wife, Robyn Tucknott-Smith, and their 3 children, Charlotte "Charlie", Hudson and Tucker.

In lieu of flowers, his family is establishing a link to Drill a Water Well in Iganga, Uganda and continue his legacy from Heaven, bringing hope, encouragement and living water.

Donations may be made in HONOR: RICHARD "SKIP" BUSHELL WELL

Website: Water 4 Kids International
Hope 4 Kids International
Phone: 623-979-5516
Water 4 Kids
P.O. Box 74010
Phoenix, AZ. 85087

Memorial Fund:
Richard "Skip" Bushell
M4C Memorial Well

(Obituary written lovingly by Skip's eldest daughter, Carol Sue Bushell-Bousman)

Dennis Jernigan

When the night is falling
And the day is done
I can hear You caling,

I will come while You sing over me
When the night surrounds me
All my dreams undone
I can hear You calling,

I will come while You sing over me
When the night would hide my way
I will listen until I hear You say

"How I love you, child! I love you."
"How I love you, child! I love you."

When this life is over
And the race is run,
I will hear You calling,
I will come while You sing over me.

He ran the race until he saw His face!

Save a place for us Skipper.......
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