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H.J. “Dick” Rush, 85

H.J. “Dick” Rush, 85, died Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Raintree Manor in McMinnville due to infirmities of old age. 
He was born in Scottsville, Ky., on Feb. 24, 1927 to Henry and Nora Elmore Rush. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an aviation machinist mate 3rd class and was a gunner and flight crew member on TBM Avenger torpedo bombers flying off aircraft carriers in the Pacific Theater. He was the recipient of the Victory Medal for his services as part of our country’s “Greatest Generation.” 
Following the war, he was employed a flight crew member for Eastern Airlines. He met his future wife, Grace Cronce in Los Angeles, Calif., where she was stationed as a stewardess for Trans World Airlines (TWA). They were married in 1949 and they lived in Miami, Fla., where he was stationed by Eastern Airlines. They moved to Tennessee in 1963 when he and his partner bought Nashville franchise rights for Burger King restaurants. After opening several successful restaurants, he entered the commercial heating and air conditioning business and he developed and installed computerized controls for many of Nashville’s high rise office buildings.
They moved to Smithville in 2008. They where members of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Grace died Dec. 7, 2012. 
Survivors include three sons, Douglas and his wife, Janette Lohman of St. Louis, Mo., Stevan of Naples, Fla., and Gregory and wife Susan of McMinnville; four grandchildren, Brittney, Brie, William and Melanie.
Interment and committal service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Nashville with pastor David McMinn officiating, and military honors will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Those donations may be made at the funeral home.
Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Feb. 6, 2013


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