MILLINOCKET – Richard “Dick” John Rush died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at home, just one month prior to his 90th birthday. He was the last of 13 children. Dick was born Oct. 2, 1916, to Agnes (Boynton) Rush and Frank W. Rush, one of the earliest settlers of Millinocket. Richard was a graduate of Stearns High School, after which he was employed at the Rush logging operation. He enlisted in the U.S. Military in 1941, where he earned the rank of staff sergeant. He was a veteran of World War II. Upon his discharge, he returned to Millinocket and took charge of running the logging operations, as well as the lumber mill, located then in the Pines, and the Retail Lumber and Hardware Store. He was president of the Frank W. Rush & Sons Lumber and Hardware business on Main Street for many years. In the 1950s, Dick was asked to join the Millinocket Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter, which began his association with the Millinocket Fire Department. In 1967, then Fire Chief Chris Clark offered him the position of assistant fire chief, which he held until 1977, when he was appointed chief. He served in that position until his retirement. Richard was a member of the Maine State Fireman’s Association and a lifelong member of the American Legion. Dick is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Mildred (Wheaton) Rush; a daughter, Susan Rush Walsh of York; three sons, David, Douglas and Jeffrey Rush, all of Millinocket; two grandchildren, Rebecca Walsh Taee of London and Brandon Scott Rush of Millinocket; two great-grand-children, Nicholas Amory Taee and Amelia Jane Taee of London. He was predeceased by a son, Ricky. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. Gifts in memory of Dick may be sent to the Katahdin Area Support Group, 10 Field St., Millinocket, ME 04462. Arrangements are by Bouchard – Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. To place online condolences, please visit www.lamsonfh.com
RICHARD ‘DICK’ JOHN RUSH
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:20 p.m.