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Eugene "Gene" A. Rush

April 27, 1938 ~ July 14, 2021 (age 83)

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Eugene “Gene” A. Rush, 83, of Salix, Iowa passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at his residence in North Sioux City, South Dakota.

A funeral mass will be 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salix, Iowa with Father Michael Erpelding, celebrant, officiating. Burial will be in the Sloan Cemetery, Sloan, Iowa with Military Honors provided by the United States Army and the Smith-Rhodes American Legion Post #295, Sloan, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Monday, July 19, 2021 with a Scriptural Wake Service at 7:00 P.M at Rush Family Chapel, Onawa, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Gene was born April 27, 1938 in Salix, Iowa the son of Wayne and Rose (Lussier) Rush. He attended school in Salix, Iowa. Gene served in the United States Army from 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1959.

Gene and Mildred Brubaker were united into marriage on December 31, 1955 in Salix, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Randy, Gina, and Jackie. Mildred passed away February 15, 1990.

Gene was a USDA meat inspector for various places. He collected tractors, and loved to take care of his lawn. He enjoyed NASCAR, camping, tinkering in the garage, and Seagram’s 7.

Gene was a member of the Salix Fire Department. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salix, Iowa.

Survivors include his special friend, Linda Hawkenson of Jefferson, South Dakota; his children, Gina (Joe Bremer) Rush of Onawa, Iowa, and Jackie (David) Cole of Sloan, Iowa; grandchildren, Ryan (Amber) Rush, Brandon Rush, Lacey Spaulding, Jesse Trudeau, Alea (Zach Ulven) Cole, Lindsea (Drew Brekke) Cole, and Bailea (Brody Vanden Bosch) Cole; great-grandchildren, Roman Rush, Kassidy Simoni, River Rush, Chevelle Spaulding, and Kodiak Spaulding; sister, Madelyn (Tom) Jauron of Cave Creek, Arizona; brother, David (Michele) Rush of Ankeny, Iowa; sister-in-law, Pat Rush of Sioux City, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred (Brubaker) Rush; parents, Wayne and Rose (Lussier) Rush; son, Randy Rush; brother, Elliot Rush; sister, Brenda Rush Weeks; and son-in-law, Wayne Trudeau.

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July 19, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Rush Family Chapel
1629 10th Street
Onawa, IA 51040

Scriptural Wake Service
July 19, 2021

7:00 PM
Rush Family Chapel
1629 10th Street
Onawa, IA 51040

Funeral Mass
July 20, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salix (Iowa)

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