- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

MEDIAPOLIS, Iowa (AP) - A group of contractors has united to complete a custom-built home in Mediapolis after the original contractor died in a single-vehicle accident before finishing the project.

The Burlington Hawk Eye (https://bit.ly/1P9CHwS ) reports that Darin Bush, co-owner of Schulte and Bush Contracting, died Jan. 22 in the accident near Sperry, about 13 miles north of Burlington.

Bush’s business partner, Kurt Schulte, said he wondered what was going to happen to the project, which they’d been working on for three months. Then, other contractors who were friends with the men took the week off and volunteered to help frame, roof and install windows on the 1,700-square-foot house.

“We’re all competitors, but we’re all a tight-knit group,” said Brett Shafer, who owns Shafer Construction. “It wasn’t a question.”

Shafer said helping out was also a way to assist Schulte as he figured out the next step without his business partner.

“It’s tough for a small business owner to not have that partner anymore,” Shafer said. “This gives him time to lighten his load a bit.”

Schulte said receiving help from his friends and fellow contractors was a humbling experience.

“It redeems your trust in your people,” Schulte said. “There’s people out there who do care, and in a small community, it makes you proud for your people to help you out when you need a hand.”

Bush’s wife, Megan Bush, said she knows her husband would have done the same thing had the situation been turned around.

“One of the things I loved most about Darin was that he was always the first present to help anyone, so to see everyone come together to help with a project so important to him was amazing,” she said.

Schulte says the home is now resistant to cold weather, but that it still needs more work before it can be sold.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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