"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died".
"Hearing Stimson talk about patriotism and American values was one of the things that impelled Bush to enlist", says Lewis Gould, a historian of the Republican Party.
At Mrs Bush's funeral, son and former Florida governor Jeb Bush said he believed the last time his mother got sick that his dad got sick on objective so he could be with her.
In the 1992 election, a beleaguered Bush appeared helpless against the challenge of the younger, more charismatic Bill Clinton. George H. Bush held a steadfast belief in a greater calling, underlined by his service to our country as a World War II hero, public servant, elected official and through countless philanthropic efforts.
This past April, Bush lost his beloved wife Barbara. His presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait.
Mr. Bush had a form of Parkinson's disease that forced him to use a wheelchair or motorized scooter in recent years, and he had been in and out of hospitals during that time as his health declined.
President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush showed us that character and integrity must never become casualties of partisan politics.
George W. Bush remembers father as ‘man of the highest character’, ‘the best dad’
He was the last World War 2 veteran to serve as president. "From his service in World War II as a naval aviator to his efforts organizing global disaster relief, the nation and world will never forget his years of public service".
Bush had first sought the presidency in 1980, campaigning on experience gathered as a US congressman from Texas, envoy to China, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, U.N. ambassador and chairman of the Republican National Committee. After losing a campaign for the Senate in 1970, Bush was appointed to a series of high-level political positions: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
"As the communist bloc was disintegrating, it was George Bush's skilled, yet quiet, statecraft that made a revolutionary time seem so much less unsafe than it actually was", Gates wrote.
Pat Robertson introduces George H.W. Bush during Operation Blessing dedication.
After an $8.3 million renovation to the main exhibit on the life of Bush in 2007, the museum now features state-of-the-art audio guides, with the voices of George and Barbara Bush, as well as their daughter, Dorothy.
The couple had six children, and throughout hardship and triumph, the Bushes made family their priority.