Bill Rush, born July 29, 1928 entered the eternal kingdom of Heaven on September 9, 2017 following complications from Alzheimer’s. Bill, deeply proud of his German heritage, was born in Billings and has left a legacy of enduring faith in God, a strong work ethic and deep love for his family. Bill was proud of his children and grandchildren, and loved his pets dearly. He reached success with every endeavor, demonstrating high morals and conduct, a true validation of his character and commitment to his family, community and church.
Bill and Leatha (Boggess) married August 14, 1949 and raised four children together. They recently celebrated 68 wonderful years of marriage.
Bill graduated from Billings Senior High in 1946, became an accomplished taxidermist by age 19 and farmed until 1956 when he, his father and twin brother, Bob, owned and operated Rush Implement Co. until 1973. After which, Bill opened Rush Equipment & Irrigation until 1980. In the following years, Bill was routinely a top salesman at Bob Smith Lincoln Mercury and later, Selover Buick.
Bill was an athlete, an avid outdoorsman (hunting, fishing & deep sea fishing), a pilot, and an inventor of two patents. As an accomplished welder, electrician, plumber and builder, Bill built five homes after helping to build the family cabin in Red Lodge in 1961. Bill and Leatha loved to travel and for 16 years, spent the winters in Yuma, AZ where he learned to carve wood, oil paint, and enjoy retirement fully. However, he wasn’t happy unless he was working, and no job was too large or detailed to complete.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents and four siblings. He leaves behind his loving wife, Leatha and his children; Lynette Michael (William), Bruce Rush, Lynda Dorn, and Timothy Rush (Theresa) of South Jordan, UT. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren: Lynae Gilbert (David), Tina Cusker (Brett) of Bozeman, MT, David Dorn (Wendy), Daniel Dorn (Mary), Greg Rush, siblings, Melissa and Jason Rush of South Jordan, UT, and Laura Dorn, along with 8 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Morningstar Senior Living Center for their loving and devoted care to Bill over the recent months. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Pilgrim Congregational Church or a charity of your choice. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 13 at Smith’s Downtown Chapel between 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. A service will be held at Pilgrim Congregational, 409 S 36th on Thursday, September 14 at 11:00 am. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting smithfuneralchapels.com.