MSgt. Austin C. Rush, USAF (Ret) 83, of Center Township, Lisbon, died at 1:40 AM Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Salem Community Hospital.
He was a former resident of Panama City, Florida. He moved to the area and lived with is Nephew and niece, Jim and Sandy Rush.
Austin Clair, son of Robert Earl and Iva Pearl (Wade) Rush, was born on September 4, 1929 in Pine Grove, W.Va. He and his three brothers, Robert Earl, John Howard and Delbert Eugene grew up in the area.
He went into the US Air Force and remained there for 27 years. He was a member of the Pararescue, and would jump to save the lives of those who were hurt on the ground or at crash sites. He and his fellow members were responsible for saving the lives of many of our injured soldiers. He retired from the military and went into Civil Service work for 9 years as a health inspector until January, 1993. Austin went on to serve in the maintenance department at Tyndall AF Base Hospital. He was one to always learn more. While in the military he went to community colleges to advance his learning and obtain degrees. He was able to speak seven different languages very fluently. While at the hospital and found that many of the things that needed painting was done. He inquired about a hospital administrator position and was assigned to the Frankfurt Germany Military Hospital during the Desert Storm War. He was a part of the Department of Air Force Facilities Management. At the end of that assignment, he and his wife went back to Panama City, Florida.
He was an active member of the American Legion and the Amvets in the Panama City area. A 32 Degree Mason, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA, an active bus driver of the crippled children from Panama City to Tampa to the Shriners Hospital.
He had been a former Boy Scout Master.
He was a man that kept up with the news and world events. There is no one who would argue the fact that he was a work-a-holic. In his spare time he loved playing his juice harp and working on his exotic cars and owned many. His brother Delbert Eugene gave him a 1949 GMC Pick up 61 years ago. Austin and his nephew Jim have been restoring it and it was almost finished.
He is also survived by two sons, Ben (Christine) and Joshua (Latifa) Rush both of Panama City, Fla., three grandchildren and one step grandchild and his very special companion, Precious who he gave to his niece Sandy to care for her.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death on February 28, 2012, by his wife, the former Nina Bent Aomar, whom he married on July 22, 1958, and all three of his brothers.
A funeral service is being planned and will be announced.
He and Nina will be joined "together again", as they will be laid to rest together in the Rush Family Cemetery, Wileyville, West Virginia.
Please go to www.apgreenisenfh.com to sign the guest book, and read the complete obituary tribute to Austin.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem.