History of Prentice and Bush Tree Service
and Bush Tree Service was started by my grandfather, Delbert
Prentice, in the 1960's when he got laid off by Burlington
Northern Railroad in Liberty, MO. As Randy, his son, started
high school, he began to work with grandpa. They were virtually
the only tree service in Liberty for several years. Not too
long after, the first grandson of the Prentice family, which
was me, was born to Delbert's daughter. That in turn made
my last name Bush. I started going to the jobsites with them
when I was about seven or so. I lived with grandpa and grew
up learning the business until I got into high school. I used
to ride my bike across town after school listening for the
chipper so I could find them and work. Grandpa eventually
reached the point where his body just wouldn't
allow him to continue the hard labor that comes with this
business so his son Randy took over. In that time, he taught
me how to climb.
30+ years of climbing, Randy realized that his hips and knees
couldn't take anymore so he stopped. I just couldn't sit back
and watch all that grandpa had built go to waste, so I decided
to take ownership. We kept the old business number so his
loyal customers could still call when they wanted to use our
services. Grandpa was so well liked by his customers that
they still ask about him to this day. He even shows up on
a job every now and then. Grandpa was always honest with people
and did right by them. He wouldn't hesitate to do a small
job for free just to help out the elderly or maybe a widow.
These are some things that I learned from him and will continue
to live by. I think that is why we have been here for 50 years
and are still going. He is 83 now and would still give you
his last dollar or the shirt off his back without a second
thought. So in short, that's how we have become a three generation
have been married for 14 ½ years and have two children.
My wife works with me full time as a groundsman and juggles
all of the kids' activities. Being self-employed allows
us to spend a lot more time with them. I have always lived
by the philosophy of putting God and my family first.
Our daughter is a very active, free-spirited little girl.
She takes gymnastics and plays volleyball. In February 2010
she placed 3rd out of 50 in her singles routine at the championship
meet for gymnastics. She has a beautiful singing voice which
she uses quite a bit at church and is getting ready to learn
son is very active too. He plays basketball, competitive
baseball and runs track. He is also actively involved in
boy scouts. That is something that we do together. He plays
the guitar and the saxophone. They are both straight A students.
My wife and I support them in everything they do. We are
at every practice, every game, every meet, every concert.
We are a very close family.
follows ISA standards for excellence in tree care