Bush, who died at age 94 - almost eight months after his wife of 73 years died at their Houston home - was a congressman, an ambassador to the United Nations and envoy to China, chairman of the Republican National Committee, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, two-term vice president and, finally, president. His son George W. Bush later took over the White House, serving as President for two terms from 2001 to 2009.
"The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens", he added, referring to Mr Bush's nickname.
Bush was a steadfast force on the worldwide stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president and his one term as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993.
He also saw his popularity swell with America's success in the 1990-1991 Gulf War, where USA forces liberated Kuwait from Iraqi control following an air and ground campaign.
He was elected as the 41st President in 1988 and served a single term before losing his 1992 re-election bid to Democrat Bill Clinton.
Bush was the patriarch of a political dynasty that included one son who served as president, another as a governor and a grandson who now holds statewide office in Texas.
When Bush accepted his party's nomination for president, he described America as "a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky".
George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts into a wealthy New England political dynasty - the son of Prescott Bush, a successful banker and United States senator for CT.
"We hope they walk away knowing something new, either about the American system, how it operates or a little bit of history of George Bush and his life", said Warren Finch, the director of the library and museum.
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Politicians and leaders across the US mourned the death of former President George Herbert Walker Bush, late Friday night as the Bush family celebrated Bush senior's life.
President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher.
"Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight - and all who were inspired by George and Barbara's example". "He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years; his second child Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or "Bucky" Bush".
Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, was 94.
Bush - who was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts into a wealthy New England political dynasty - put his inevitable political career on hold to join the US Navy during World War II.
After retiring from public life, Bush fulfilled a wartime pledge to one day jump out of a plane for fun and famously went skydiving on his 75th, 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays.
Born on June 12, 1924, "Bush senior" was the oldest living United States ex-president.
"Vice President of the United States".
He flew combat missions from the aircraft carrier USS San Jacinto and won the Distinguished Flying Cross.