WILLIAM JOHN BUSHELLE
William John Bushelle, 38 years old, a native of Saint Louis, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from an automobile accident in Las Vegas, Nevada. Born January 31, 1976 in Saint Louis, Missouri to Paula and William Bushelle. Will was proud to be an Eagle Scout in Troop 344 earning the Scout Honor Medal for saving a life. After graduating from Ladue Hortin Watkins High School, he enlisted in the Navy in August 1994. After Basic Training and Electrician's Mate "A" school in Great Lakes, Ill., he completed Basic Underwater Demolition /SEAL Training (BUD/S) Class 202 in Coronado, Calf.
His first assignment was SEAL Team Four in Little Creek, Va. where he served as a platoon operator for the entirety of his active service.
He reported to NR SEAL Team Eight in Great Lakes, Ill. in August 1999 while he attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and Minor in Business Administration in December 2004. Additionally he served at Naval Special Warfare Unit Two in Stuttgart, Germany and Naval Special Warfare Unit Ten in Rota, Spain during this time.
In January 2005, he reported to Naval Special Warfare Operational Support Team One in Coronado, Calf. where he completed one voluntary deployment to the Al Anbar region of Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006 with SEAL Team Five. He was currently serving in SEAL Team Seventeen's Charlie Platoon.
SO 1 Bushelle's civilian career began with Boeing as a manufacturing engineer on the AC-130 U Gunship Program and he was currently employed at GES Corporation as an Industrial Engineer.
His personal decorations include Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy Achievement Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal and various other unit and service awards.
Will is survived by his beloved parents, Paula and Bill Bushelle of Mary Esther, Florida, brother, Robert Bushelle, special little sister, Kaitlin Agrusa, grandfather, William E. Bushelle and grandmother, Elma E. Warren, aunts and uncles, Daphne and Forrest Phelps, Geoff and Angie Bushelle, Dagmar Bowles, Cathy and Dan Sauter, Debbie and David Beauregard, numerous cousins, fellow classmates, coworkers, special friends, and Seal Team Brothers.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, February 24, 2014 at First Baptist Church, 21 First Street, S.E., Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Visitation will be at 9 a.m., service at 10 a.m, Interment is at 1:15 p.m. at the Barrancas National Cemetery, 1 Cemetery Road, NAS Pensacola, Florida.
Also a Memorial Service will be held, Thursday, February 27, 2014 at The Las Vegas Palms Funeral Chapel, 1600 South Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com