John Francis Rush III 83 years old was born on 24 September 1936. Passed away from natural causes on 19 May 2020, while residing at a local nursing home in New Jersey.
Those who have gone before this time, to those that have been judged.
John was a man who tried in his life to assist and help others. When he was a boy, he made his grandparents (Vincent and Ida Lake) proud. He did his best as a child and young man, facing many uphill struggles in life, growing up in Atlantic City and the surrounding area.
He served with honor in the United States Navy, both in this country and abroad.
He had many jobs through his life, including being a paperboy, a maritime mechanic, and owning and operating various scrap yards and automotive repair facilities. As a business owner he treated his customers fairly with a sense of pride and purpose. John drove the youth to counseling to help them, giving these children the encouragement to go on and be great people.
In his leisure time, John enjoyed roller skating, dancing, boating and fishing, crossword puzzles, and watching Nascar.
In his life he tried to solve the problems that cost him his business and the loss of his marriage to Mary
Ann. He has always loved his children Johnny, Steven, Michael and MaryAnn. He hoped that they would share his life everywhere that he would travel.
He met Emmie who he fell in love with and married sharing 38 years with her. His family and children were growing to include his nephew Jimmy Rush and later to include his daughter in law Terri, both of whom would become close family and integral part of his life. John and Emily included them in their hearts and lives. All of John’s friends and family shared a tough and relentless love. Later he took in other family members- as they needed harboring from life (Always with sharing a deep caring that came from within him). To those who got to know John- he was complicated in many ways, yet he always loved his family – his children, his friends and all those who were around him.
John was not always a smooth talker and could have a complicated side. He always loved life and
all those that came to know and understand who he was. Yes, he is unforgettable man and such is his
story. He has shared his life and love with those of us who took the time to look past the rough edges -to know who John was.
John is survived by his wife, Emily Jane Rush, his children and grandchildren: John F. Rush IV and Gina McInnes, Steven D. and Renee Rush, Karrie and Shawn Stitcler, Daniel, Collette, Emma Lyn Stitcler, Kellina Repiche, Alexia Repiche, Michael J. Rush, Savannah, Alaina, and Michael Rush, Daniel Tumarenko, Mary Ann and Larry Bernacki, Ashley Kopko, Terry Rush and MIchael Butterhoff, James I. Rush and Abigale Sapen Plank. His brothers and sisters: Vincent and Joan Rush, Edna and Peter Hsu, Millie Kirkner, Leslie and Nina Rush, Mirian Marian. John is also survived by his friends Dave and Jean Francis, Leon Lake, Francis and Madaline McGrath, Bill and Sandy Pfeiffer, Pete Taylor, and Arlie Hudson.
In closing, may he not be judged without having to have shared in his experiences. All of which made him the complicated man we call our companion, friend, and family in all our lives. John you are loved and will be greatly missed.
Private services were held for family with burial in Atlantic City Cemetery.