BREAKING: Former Pres. George H.W. Bush has passed away at 94

BREAKING: Former Pres. George H.W. Bush has passed away at 94
Former President George H.W. Bush has a quiet moment at his wife Barbara's side, as she lies in state in St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston, TX. (Image: Screen grab of CSPAN video via Daily Caller)

[Ed. – More on this later.  Many people predicted that Bush 41 would not long outlast his beloved Barbara. Although there will be numerous comments to make, I am reminded that it was only 14 years ago when the former president decided to go skydiving on his 8oth birthday.  The ranks of our living former presidents thin.  Our deep condolences to the Bush family, and R.I.P.]

Former President George H.W. Bush, who spent a lifetime in public service and as the nation’s leader scored a decisive victory over Saddam Hussein but battled a faltering economy, died Friday at age 94.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

He is survived by five children, including former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. A sixth child died in early childhood. The late former president also is survived by 14 grandchildren. …

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George Herbert Walker Bush was born June 12, 1924 in Milton, Mass., the son of Dorothy Walker Bush and Prescott Bush, a banker who later became a Republican senator from Connecticut. …

[A]fter graduating on his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was commissioned that same year, becoming the youngest pilot in the Navy, and flew 58 combat missions in the Pacific. In 1944, he was hit by anti-aircraft fire 600 miles south of Japan but managed to bail out, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals. …

On January 6, 1945, the 20-year-old Bush married 19-year-old Barbara Pierce of Rye, N.Y., whom he had met at a Christmas party three years earlier. They had four sons, George, Jeb, Neil and Marvin, and two daughters, Robin and Dorothy. Robin died of leukemia at age 3. …

Active until his last years, when his health confined him to a wheelchair, Bush celebrated his 90th birthday jumping out of a helicopter.

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