November 24 1924 October 29 2019
Melvin Levi Rush November 24, 1924 – October 29, 2019 Share this obituary Send Flowers View Photo Galleries| View/Sign Guestbook| Send Sympathy Card| Memorial Donation Melvin Levi Rush November 24, 1924 – October 29, 2019 (94 years old) Dad was a very proud WWII Veteran and longtime resident of St. Paul, MN. He passed away October 29, 2019, surrounded by his four daughters and their husbands by his side. Dad was born in Frost, TX to James Levi Rush and Verlina Lunsford Rush. In April, 1947 he married Mavis Joan Tucker. They met at a barn dance and it was love at first sight! After he retired from Viking Chevrolet in 1982, the two of them enjoyed travelling the USA and meeting new friends during a variety of bus trips. Together they shared 51 happy years of marriage until her death in 1998. In 1943 in the middle of World War II, dad joined the US Navy. He was assigned to the USS John Penn, an attack transport ship sailing to the Fiji Islands. In August of that same year, the Japanese torpedoed the ship and as the ship sank the entire crew abandoned ship to escape the “ring of fire”. In 1944 he was assigned to the USS Belle Isle, an electronics repair ship which sailed to Okinawa where his ship struggled through and barely survived a typhoon of historical proportions. Dad was extremely proud of his military service and to be present during the signing of the Peace Treaty with General MacArthur in Japan in 1945. More recently in May of 2015 he was able to share his war experiences with other WWII Vets from Minnesota during his May 2015 Honor’s Flight to our nation’s capital where they toured the recently constructed WWII Memorial. Dad had a great love for singing. He sang in his church choir and loved to entertain with his favorite tunes at a local piano bar whenever he got the chance. He was always recognized and welcomed when he showed up at Nye’s Polynesian Room in downtown Minneapolis. In 2018 dad was awarded the title of Honorary Vulcan from the St. Paul Winter Carnival Association. Thanks to Jackie from The Wellington, the ceremony took place at the Wellington Assisted Living facility in St. Paul Minnesota where dad has lived for the last three years. Dad is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mavis; brothers Onis, William, James and Cecil Rush; sisters Annie Bell Shepherd, Ethel Mowery; half-brothers Jonathan, George, Nathan; half-sister Alice. He is survived by daughters Victoria (Wayne) Elling, Debra (Tom) Rohr, Melanie (Dennis) Schilling, Susan (Alan) Howie; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Julie Rush of Stockton, CA. The family wishes to thank Interim Hospice; especially Brenda, Julia and Sharon. With their professional and compassionate care and support, our dad was very well cared for and his four daughters were comforted throughout the last few months of his life. A private internment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, and a Celebration of Life gathering is being planned for the summer of 2020. Print Obituary
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Melvin Levi Rush November 24 1924 October 29 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Roseville, state: Minnesota