John Rush

John W. Rush

Friday, October 6th, 1950 - Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
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Millinocket – John W. Rush, 70, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at his home, with his family by his side. He was born October 6, 1950 in Millinocket, the son of Bernard J. and Jean M. (Saucier) Rush.
John grew up in Millinocket, and was a graduate of Stearns High School, class of 1969. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, serving in Germany, where he was severely injured in a car accident. After he was discharged, and recovered from his accident, he returned to Millinocket and began working for the Town of Millinocket Public Works Department, where he worked for 34 years before retiring in 2011. John enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family at his camp on Ambejejus Lake. He was a warm and friendly personality, and was well known and beloved by his family, coworkers, and residents of town whom he encountered during his work. John loved his family and lived life with passion. He went out of his way to help anyone who needed a hand, and will be lovingly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.
John is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lynn M. (Hartley) Rush; two daughters, Jennifer J. Rush and her son Shane, and Amber L. Rush and her daughter Adelyn; brother, Gary J. Rush and his significant other Janet Brown; his step mother Louise Rush and her family; his father in law, James W. Hartley, Sr.; two brothers in law, James W. Hartley, Jr. and his wife Holly, and Philip A. Hartley and his wife Ann; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He will also be missed by his faithful canine friend, Max. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his step father, Harlan Ashley, a son, Peter John Rush, granddaughter Mackenzie Lynn Melvin, and his mother in law, Lorraine M. Hartley.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 9:30 – 11 AM Friday, April 30 at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 19 Colby Street, Millinocket, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM with the Rev. Bruce Siket, pastor, presider. Interment, with military honors, will be at the Millinocket Cemetery. Services will be livestreamed and may be viewed, and messages of condolence expressed, at John’s Book of Memories at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am
    St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church
    19 Colby St.
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  • Service

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 11:00am
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    Rev. Bruce Siket
  • Interment

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George Martin

Posted at 07:02am
Lynn and family.
I can never remember a time in my life when I did not know John. Starting early at St. Martin's school, we were friends. I remember in the first grade, age 6 that John and I picked up some of the "helicopter" whirly gigs that fall out of maple trees. We opened them, stuck them on our nose and covered with our hands. Of course the teacher caught us as everyone was laughing and she made us stand in front of the class with them stuck on our noses. We took it like men. (we were happy it wasn't Mother Saint Lucia who caught us!) Then we started making colored water at his house by soaking colored paper in the water and putting it in jars with lids. We thought we had an invention or something to sell for sure. I will forever remember the thundering, cheerful greeting of "gorgeous george" as he would say when we met. I am sorry for your loss and pray the God (Jesus) will heal your hearts into fond memories of your lives you all shared with John.

Dean and Diane Macgeorge

Posted at 04:11pm
May his spirit live on.
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Lynn Rush Posted at 09:52pm

Thank you for your thoughtfulness ❤️

Sharon Hallett

Posted at 04:43pm
Dear Lynn and family, I was sorry sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a truly great guy and is going to be missed so many. My love and prayers, Sharon L. Hallett

Priscilla MacPherson

Posted at 06:32pm
So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a wonderful & caring man. Our deepest condolences to his family.

Gaile Nicholson

Posted at 03:37pm
My deepest heartfelt sympathies to John's family. I've known Johnny since he was a young boy, being one of us kids who scrambled up and down "the hill path" connecting East Terrace to Penobscot Avenue. We'd play basketball in the driveway, softball in the field, and football on the lawn...a sport for all seasons when all the neighborhood kids (104 at last count) would get together and have a great time. Later on, when I moved to Elm Street in Millinocket, Johnny was always there with a huge backhoe to be sure I didn't get snowed in by the town plow...always with a laugh, saying, 'Don't tell anyone I'm doing this!' We shared a lot of good times over the years and a lot of laughs as well as sorrows. A better man will be hard to find. A true gentleman and a true friend. Johnny, you are gone far too soon. You have impacted a whole community with your kindness and wonderful personality and we will miss you. Rest in peace, Johnny. Till we meet again. Always a friend, Gaile

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