RUSH, Kenneth Sr., A cherished husband, father, grandfather and friend, Kenneth E. Rush, Sr. ("Special K"), 79, a lifelong resident of Weirton, peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Wednesday, October 31.
Having lived a life wrapped in the love of Jesus, he would have us remember one thing: know Jesus, walk, trust and rest in Him. A friend to many, his family treasures the memories of his deep, faithful and constant love for his wife and his family.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Lucy (Trader) Rush; brothers, Edgar and infant, John; sisters, Wanda Carpenter, Hilda Whiteman and Babe Oliva; grandson, Shane; and several other relatives.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Nellie (Carlton), who he adored and with whom he was best of friends and his three beloved children, Cheryl O'Leary (John) of Virginia, Cindy Koelbl of Arizona, and Kenneth Jr. of Florida (friend, Mary Ellen).
Survivors also include nine grandchildren, Jennifer Howell (Jake), Rebecca Meneely, Johnathan Rush, Lauren Miller, Heather Greer (friend Jay), Kenny Greer (Becca), Michael Miller, Sarah (Rush) Lamantia (Ryan) and Kenny Rush (Natalie); 12 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Logan, Junior (Kenny), Elaina, Dryden, Kayla, Grace, Taylor, Connor, Devon, Carmen, and Braxton; five siblings, his brothers, Otis Rush Sr. (Glenda), Paul Rush (Teresa), and sisters, Lois Lawrence, Glenda Sue Ames (Don) and Diana Wade (Roger); and his sister-in-law, Linda Rush along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him.
A member of the 25-Year Club, Kenneth was employed in the Blooming Mill Office of Weirton Steel for 32 years as the Scheduling Clerk and Insurance Director, having retired in 1984.
A member of the Weirton First Church of the Nazarene and former member of the Follansbee Church of the Nazarene, he actively served in various capacities including Board Trustee, Steward, Chairman Board of Christian Life, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, Choir member, and participated in JOY. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Church.
Born and educated in New Martinsville, he remained an avid fan of his high school alma mater, the Magnolia Blue Eagles and was a WVU enthusiast. In addition, he relished reading and studying the Bible, listening to Christian gospel music and watching gospel videos, playing crossword puzzles and dominoes, and enjoyed watching and participating in sports including football and golf, and in earlier days, hunting with his father, brothers, son and nephews on his brother's property. Committed to exposing his children to the sights and wonders of the United States and to enjoying meaningful family vacation time and time with Nellie after retirement, Kenneth traveled around the U.S. and to Hawaii and Mexico.
With great humility, Kenneth quietly inspired and impacted the lives of many with his faith, kindness, prayers, wit and smile. A legacy and not merely a life, he will be sorely missed.
Visitation will be held at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home on Saturday, November 3 from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m.
A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at First Church of the Nazarene, Colliers Way in Weirton, on Monday, November 5 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be provided at the Church an hour before the service.
Interment and graveside rights will be held at Highland Hills immediately following the funeral.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Weirton First Church of the Nazarene, 475 Colliers Way, Weirton, WV 26062
The family wishes to thank the longtime care and friendship received from Dr. Cherian John and Dr. Sean Nolan and to acknowledge the kindness and support provided by the team of Valley Hospice.
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