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Raymond Warren Rush Jr.


Raymond Warren Rush Jr.

Naples - Raymond Warren Rush Jr. (age 98) passed away peacefully in his sleep on 2/11/20. Born March 9, 1921 to Raymond W. and Agnes Alexander Rush and raised in Oil City, Pennsylvania. He earned his eagle scout and attended Northwood School in lake Placid, NY and graduated from Tufts University, Boston, MA with a degree in Chemistry. During World War II he was inducted into the Army and served in the Assam Valley of India. As the war was winding down he was reassigned to Shanghai China, which at the time was surrounded by the Red Chinese.

Glad to be home, he married Laura Lee Buchanan June 19th 1948. He worked at Harshaw Chemicals in Cleveland, Ohio as a chemist then moved to Mayer China in Beaver Falls, PA and Syracuse China in Syracuse, NY as a Ceramic Engineer until his retirement in 1984. He and his wife moved to Naples, FL full time in 1988.

He was active in the community in the Boy Scouts in Beaver, PA. He was a deacon and elder at the Liverpool Presbyterian in Liverpool, NY, the Vanderbilt Presbyterian church and Moorings Presbyterian church in Naples, FL. He also helped Hungarian refugees get settled in western Pa. after the Hungarian uprising. He was an active volunteer for the Mended Hearts group at Naples Community Hospital for many years. He was a lifelong avid golfer as a member at the Beaver Meadows Golf Course in Phoenix, NY and Imperial Golf course in Naples, FL. He also enjoyed bridge, attending the theater and attending cotillion dances with his wife. He was a kind and loving father.

He is survived by his wife Laura Lee to whom he was married for 72 years, son William T. Rush and daughter Nancy Lee Rush Buerman (Steve), granddaughters Leah Balogh (Daniel) and Sara Buerman and great granddaughters June Lee Balogh and Alice Jane Balogh. He is predeceased by his son James Warren Rush, sisters Adelaide Sharp and Margaret Ann Park.

A private memorial service will be held at Mill Creek Cemetery near Hookstown, Pa.

Posted online on June 19, 2022

Published in Naples Daily News