Kenneth Sumner Rush, 95, of Wellsville, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at his home.
He was cremated. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at Wilson’s Funeral Home in Wellsville followed by a graveside service at 11:30 a.m. at the Edgerton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wellsville High School Athletic Fund in care of Wilson’s, PO Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092.
Kenneth Sumner Rush was born Sept. 1, 1925, in rural Gardner, Kansas, the son of John Henry and Charlotte (Sumner) Rush. He grew up in Gardner and attended Gardner High School.
Kenny joined the United States Army in 1943 and served in WWII in the US Army Infantry 75th Division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge in the European Theatre. He joined because he had three brothers serving and although he could have deferred, he chose to sign up at the age of 17. He believed that it was just what you did for your country. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and was a recipient of The Purple Heart.
Before going overseas, he met Jacqueline Iris Pritchard. They wrote to each other while he was serving in the war and when Kenny returned home, he asked her to marry him. They were united in marriage on Sept. 20, 1946. They moved to Edgerton, Kansas, in 1950 where he spent the majority of his life. Jackie passed away in 1989.
Kenny retired from Hercules Ammunition Plant in De Soto, Kansas. He was a member of the Gardner American Legion LeRoy Hill Post 19. Kenny loved baseball, football, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard and hunting and fishing.
Kenny is survived by his daughter, Marie Hrabe and her husband, Donnie, of Wellsville; daughter, Paula Wallis and her husband, Michael of Baldwin City; daughter, Charla Blundell, of Paola; son, Kip S. Rush and his wife, Connie, of Wellsville; nine grandchildren: Dawn Whalen, Ryan Hrabe, Crista Wallis, Rick Wallis, Raechel Stephens, Darla Elliott, Kyle Rush, Meghan Rylander and Nolan Rush; 15 great-grandchildren: Rachael McGivern, Ryan Whalen, Haidyn and Cole Hrabe, Megan, Wyatt and Weston Casey, Celeste, Faith and Brian Wallis, Malorie and Cooper Stephens and Ember, Haven and Nova Rush.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers: Clarence, Cliff, Clyde, Wayne and Earl; sister, Maxine Strange; son-in-law, Don Blundell; and a great-grandson, Brex Whalen.