Tri-City Herald (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Ei­nan’s at Sun­set Thomas Irvin Rush, 65, of Ben­ton City, Wash­ing­ton passed way No­vem­ber 2nd, 2018 in Port­land, Ore­gon. He was born in Oak­land,

, Cal­i­for­nia on March 9th, 1953 to par­ents Lil­lie Marie and Ver­non Rush, Sr. Tom’s fa­ther was in the mil­i­tary over­seas and un­for­tu­nately a week af­ter he was born his mother passed away. His fa­ther’s sis­ter Vi­vian and her hus­band Al­bert raised him un­til he was 8 years old. Tom then went to live with his fa­ther and sib­lings.

Tom played foot­ball in high school and played in the Shriners “All Star” foot­ball game in 1971. He then went on to at­tend col­lege at Eastern Ore­gon Uni­ver­sity and re­ceived his bach­e­lor’s de­gree.

In 1976 Thomas mar­ried Ruth Lenker and they had two chil­dren, Amanda and Tyson. They lived in Eastern Ore­gon and even­tu­ally set­tled down in Kennewick, Wash­ing­ton. Tom’s pri­mary job was be­ing a field man for West­ern Farm Ser­vice plus other ag com­pa­nies. Tom and Ruth di­vorced in 1997. In Jan­uary 2000, Tom mar­ried Wendy John­ston.

Tom was proud of his grand­chil­dren and en­joyed go­ing to their games and per­for­mances. He loved to share his cook­ing skills and gar­den­ing pas­sion with them and all he knew.

Tom’s proud­est ca­reer ac­com­plish­ments in­cluded build­ing cus­tom homes for oth­ers, and help­ing famers grow their crops for over 30 years. He and Wendy pur­chased and restored the old Dayville Café in 2006 near John Day, Ore. His spe­cialty was cook­ing BBQ ribs for the cus­tomers!

He never knew a stranger. Even in his last days in the hos­pi­tal he’d seem to al­ways find a con­nec­tion with the nurses who cared for him. He had a pas­sion for fish­ing, camp­ing, hunt­ing, and go­ing to Rock­away Beach. He trav­eled to Ari­zona and Mex­ico for va­ca­tions. He en­joyed play­ing pyg with his dogs and took them ev­ery­where. He had a pri­vate pi­lot’s li­cense and owned over 10 air­planes in his life­time. He will be re­mem­bered for his amaz­ing Zuc­chini Bread and his kind, lov­ing, and hon­est char­ac­ter.

He is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife Wendy, his daugh­ter Amanda and Anna (Eh­lers), son, Tyson and Kris­ten (Rush), step-son, John and Nicole (Brooks), his brother, Ver­non and Sunny (Rush) and sis­ter, Vicki (Ward), his step­mother, Sun­nie Nevins, step-sis­ters, Jen­nifer (Chance) and Deb­bie (Olsen), and his grand­chil­dren; James and De­laney (Rush), Dil­lon and Pay­ton (Mow­ery) and Josie and Au­drey (Brooks).

He is pre­ceded in death by his mother Lil­lie Marie Rush and Fa­ther Ver­non Rush, Sr.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at Events at Sun­set, 915 By­Pass Hwy in Rich­land on Satur­day No­vem­ber 17th, 2018, be­gin­ning at 2:00 pm.

The fam­ily would like do­na­tions sent to Chi­awana FFA at 8125 W. Ar­gent Rd. Pasco, Wash­ing­ton 99301, phone num­ber (509)5436786 ext. 5635.

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