Lt. Col. Wesley Merlin Wes Rush USMC (retired), 94 of Danville, died on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Hawthorne Inn in Danville. Graveside services will be on Wednesday, May 31st at 1pm with Pastor Randall Robinson officiating, at Danville National Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 210 and The Marine Corp out of Terre Haute.
Wes was born on March 7, 1923 in Peoria, IL to Wesley and Mary Nellie (Stoneking) Rush. He attended public schools in Peoria, graduating from Peoria Manual in June of 1941. He went on to attend the University of Maryland where he graduated in 1962. Wes joined the United States Marine Corp in January of 1943, serving with the First Marine Division in the Asiatic/Pacific Theater, the landing on Okinawa on April 1, 1945, in North China 1945-1946, Korean in 1952-1953, and later in the Vietnam Conflict.
Wes was a member of St. James United Methodist Church, Danville Sunrise Rotary, and various Veterans Organizations. During his forty-one plus years in Rotary, he was actively involved in Rotarys Polio Eradication Initiative, in which he received Regional and International Service Awards for a Polio-Free World. He also received a citation for Meritorious Service, a Distinguished Service Award, and The Service Above Self Award from The trustees of the Rotary Foundation. In recognition of Wes support of the scouting programs, the Piankeshaw Council Boy Scouts of America awarded him with the Silver Beaver Award. Wes and his wife Inez enjoyed traveling extensively to all fifty states and over forty-seven foreign countries, and most of all, being together.
Wes married Inez Beverly Lingenfelter on June 29, 1946, and after sixty-eight years together, she preceded him in death in April of 2015. Survivors include their four children: Curtis (Linda) Rush, Neil Rush, Jeffery (Linda) Rush, and Lyn De; four grandchildren: Jonathan (Anjali) Rush, Patrick Rush (Ann Chen), Anna (Rob) Showers, and Autumn Rush (Travis Crow); two great-grandchildren: Bristol and Jackson Showers, and Leela Rush. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.papefuneral.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wess name to The Danville Family YMCA or a charity of the donors choice.
Published on May 26, 2017