Joseph (Joe) Adam Bushnell, 82 of Seattle, passed away on May 7, 2022, in Seattle.
Joe was born in Tyrone, LA. To Jesse Bushnell and Leona Bushnell on February 14, 1940. He went to school in Eunice, Louisiana. Joe grew up with a large extended creole family of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. At the age of 18, Joe left Louisiana to join his father and start his adult life in Seattle.
He married Sylvia Ruth Taylor on March 21, 1969, in Seattle. With his wife, he worked to raise their two daughters and travel the world. He was a riveter for the Boeing Co. for 10 years. He went to work for Safeway Stores in the beverage warehouse and retired after 26 years. He was an entrepreneur at heart. He was very proud of his business accomplishments and his true passion was Broussard’s Creole Seasoning, a Cajun Creole spice that he created more than 40 years ago, sold in stores and restaurants throughout Washington and Oregon. Joe also enjoyed a good game of poker at his house after he had cooked a great Gumbo.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Leona Bushnell, his brothers Victor Bushnell, Jesse Bushnell Jr., George Bushnell and his sisters Hildred Johness, Mildred Ardoin, and Hazel Slate.
Joe is survived by his wife Sylvia, daughters Stephanie Durham and Kelly Hamamoto (Alex), his sister Willie Mae Reeves, his grandsons Andrew Durham and Hideo Hamamoto, great granddaughter, Armani Durham, sister-in-law, Barbara Taylor-Smith (Mike). There are a host of nieces and nephews that Joe leaves behind. He had special relationships with most of them and they were a source of great joy.
The family wishes to thank Evergreen Health Hospice, and the Alzheimer’s Association for their support. Remembrances may be left at bonneywatson.com
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.