John J. Rush Sr., 81

Honored Scout leader

October 11, 2006

John Jay Rush Sr., a retired salesman honored for his many years in Boy Scouts, died yesterday of complications from a stroke at the Continuum Care Nursing Home in Sykesville. The Westminster resident was 81.

Born in Trenton, N.J., he became active in the Boy Scouts of America when he joined a troop in 1937 at age 12. His affiliation with Scouting lasted 66 years.

After service in the Army Air Forces during World War II in France, he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Mr. Rush moved to Westminster in 1957 to work at Southern States Cooperative. He later was a traveling salesman for General Copper and Brass Co. until his 1992 retirement. He also sold real estate at Century 21 Charles J. Plunkert Inc.

He had been master of Cub Pack 381 in Westminster beginning in 1963, then stepped in as temporary Scoutmaster of Troop 381 in 1969 -- staying on for about 34 years. He became its Scoutmaster emeritus in 2003.

During his years overseeing the troop, Mr. Rush saw more than 100 boys attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

Mr. Rush received numerous Scouting honors, including the Silver Beaver Award, the God and Country Award, the Distinguished Scoutmaster Award, the Frontier District Award of Merit, Scout of the Year and the James E. West Fellowship Award.

He was honored as the Westminster Rotary Club's Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1990, and was active in the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at First Presbyterian Church, 65 Washington Road in Westminster, where he was a charter member.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 54 years, the former Bebe Gobble; two sons, John J. Rush Jr. of Herndon, Va., and Randy L. Rush of Cumberland; a brother, Robert Rush of Knoxville, Tenn.; and six grandchildren.

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