Ila Mae (Schade) Bush, 89, of Redfield, SD, died surrounded by her loving family on July 12, 2020, at Community Memorial Hospital following a short illness. A private family service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Redfield. The Reverend Tammy Toepke-Floyd will officiate with burial at Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield.
Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield is in charge of arrangements. Due to COVID-19, the family requests your virtual presence at the private service, which will be live-streamed. No visitation is planned. For details go to www.hykefuneralhome.com.
On July 23, 1930, Ila Mae was born to George and Ella (Irwin) Schade on the family farm south of Zell. After graduating from Redfield High School, she attended a 12-week teacher training at Northern State College then worked in Hand and Spink Counties, ending her seven-year career at Schade School.
Ila Mae married Royce O. Bush, Jr., on July 9, 1953, at First Congregational UCC. They farmed in Spink County for nine years before moving to Redfield where they raised five children. For 29 years Ila Mae operated an in-home daycare, retiring in 1998.
Being a grandmother and great-grandmother was Ila Mae’s pride and joy. She also prioritized her faith in God by service through Ruth Circle and the Women’s Fellowship of First Congregational UCC. According to a former church moderator, Ila Mae’s phone number was on speed dial at the church.
Ila Mae is survived by her five children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren: Randy (Sandi) Bush, Wichita, KS, Alaina Bush, Dublin, Ireland, and boyfriend Joseph Silvente; Sharlene Bush, Mankato, MN; Peggy (Byron) Meyer, Shaylynn, and Kaitlynn, Columbus, NE; Tim (Terri) Bush, Emily (Jake) Juettner, all of Alexandria, MN, David Bush and girlfriend Samantha Hogstad, Portland, OR, and Heidi Bush, Chicago, IL; and Barb (Don) Paulson, Custer, Naomi (Garrett) Michael, Isabella, and Tate, St. Peter, MN, Charles Paulson, Sturgis, and Maggie Paulson, her fiancé Charlie Sellers and Ila, Sioux Falls. Ila Mae is also survived by siblings Don Schade and Rita Lunney, both of Redfield, brother-in-law Joe Nuhsbaumer and sister-in-law June Ehrich, both of Zell, sisters-in-law Helen Bush, Tacoma, WA, and Frances Bush, Victorville, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ila Mae was preceded in death by her husband in 2012, her parents, and three sisters, Irene McCart, Doris Paschke, and Roberta Schade.
The family prefers memorials to First Congregational Church UCC–Redfield, Redfield School Foundation, or Good Samaritan Center of Redfield (see below).
Thank you to the participants in Ila Mae's funeral:
Clergy ~ Reverend Tammy Toepke-Floyd
Special Music ~ Charles Paulson / Onilee Siebrecht / Mickey Harms
Pallbearers ~ Grandchildren
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First Congregational United Church of Christ
125 E 7th Ave., Redfield SD 57469
Redfield School Foundation
PO Box 560, Redfield SD 57469
Tri-County Good Samaritan Center
19 E 7th Ave., Redfield SD 57469