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St. Louis businessman William 'Bucky' Bush, brother, uncle of presidents, dies

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William 'H.T. 'Bucky' Bush in a 2004 interview with News 4 (Credit: KMOV) William 'H.T. 'Bucky' Bush in a 2004 interview with News 4 (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOV.com) – St. Louis businessman William H.T. “Bucky” Bush has died at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 79.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush confirmed Thursday in an email to The Associated Press that his uncle died Wednesday. He did not describe the cause.

KMOV profiled Bush in 2004. Click here to watch our story.

Bush, who was the youngest brother of former President H.W. Bush and the uncle of former President George W. Bush, was the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Louis University from 1985 to 1992 and the chairman of the Missouri Botanical Gardens from 1991 to 1993. He was also the co-founder and chairman of Bush O’Donnell Investment Advisers in St. Louis and served on the board of directors of WellPoint Inc.

Known as “Bucky” Bush, he was also active in Republican politics. When he chaired his nephew’s presidential re-election campaign in Missouri, he said he used to babysit the 43rd President of the United States.

Chairman Todd Graves of the Missouri Republican Party offered his condolences to the Bush family, tweeting that “Bucky Bush was a strong leader and champion for the state of Missouri.”

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