Reverend A. Eugene Rushing died peacefully on June 6, 2013 at Vi at Highlands Ranch. He was surrounded that day by many people who loved and cared for him, including both his daughters. Gene was born July 2, 1930 in El Dorado, Arkansas. His parents, Albert Aiken Rushing and Hazel Sorrells Rushing, preceded him in death as did one brother, William Miller Rushing. He was a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. It was there he met and married his wife of 46 years, Audrey Clark Rushing. Audrey preceded him in death in 2004. From 1974 to 1988, Gene served as Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs. Following that, he completed three years of Clinical Pastoral Education at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. In 1991, he returned to Colorado Springs to become Minister of Parish Care at First United Methodist Church until 1996 when he retired from full time ministry. In the years prior to his arrival at Trinity United Methodist in Colorado Springs, he served as Minister of Education at several churches in the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Conference: First United Methodist Churches in Greeley, Fort Collins and Grand Junction and, then, at University Park United Methodist Church in Denver. Following his retirement he worked as a chaplain for Pikes Peak Hospice until 2005. He was also a dedicated volunteer with the West Side Cares Food Pantry program. Always known as a caring, quiet presence, Gene had a gift for making people feel cared for and understood. It was in clinical pastoral care that he found his most passionate calling. Gene is survived by two daughters, Laura Rushing-Raynes of Boise, Idaho and Elizabeth Rushing-Pohlenz of Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Gene is also survived by one sister, Nancy Elizabeth Cates of El Dorado, Arkansas and 4 nephews. One nephew preceded him in death. Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church 701 N. 20th Street Colorado Springs, CO. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.
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Published in The Gazette from June 30 to July 7, 2013