Robert "Bob" Rush
Melcher Mortuary Mission Chapel & Crematory
6625 E Main St
Mesa, AZ
Rush, Robert "Bob"
Robert "Bob" Rush died peacefully with his family around him on March 19, 2011 in Mesa Arizona. Born on December 21, 1925 in Battle Creek, Michigan he graduated from Riley High School in South Bend, Indiana and then joined the Army to serve during WWII, (1944-1946), in the European Theater. Bob then proceeded to a career pitching in Major League Baseball. He played from 1947-1960 as a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves and Chicago White Sox. Bob was a two-time National League All-Star and was the starting pitcher in the third game of the 1958 World Series with the Braves. He is Proceeded in death by his wife Alberta Jane Rush (1994). He is Survived by 4 children-Cindy(Roger), Rojane(Ric), Ransom(Jennifer) and Reid (Tanya), 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A viewing will be held March 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm at Melcher Mortuary Mission Chapel 6625 E. Main St. Mesa Arizona. Bob has requested to be buried at The National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. (private service). In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 4343 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 230 Phoenix Arizona 85018. Arrangements entrusted to Melcher Mortuary Mission Chapel

Published by The Arizona Republic on Mar. 23, 2011.
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I was blessed to get to know Bob the last few months of his life. He was the most loving kind man I have ever know. I also got to know his wonderful family. He will be missed deeply.
Julie Swier
April 3, 2011
Dear Rush Family,
I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. My Mom, Beverly Stoker, wanted me to send her sympathy and let you know we are so sorry we didn't hear of this sooner. Would have loved to have been there for you all. Your Dad was a wonderful man and we have many fond memories of him as our neighbour. May God bless you in this time of sorrow.
Susie Stoker Lynn
April 2, 2011
He was my favorite Cub (born on my birth date) and I seen him pitch a few times! (When I grew up in Hammond, Indiana)
John Vapensky
April 2, 2011
We were also neighbors on 1st Place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
From the children of Lou and Hazel Farney
Debra Van Vliet
April 1, 2011
Ransom, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Greg and Cheryl Fleger
March 27, 2011
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Bodie and Sharon Yourk
March 26, 2011
Ransom, My Prayers are with you at this time of your father's passing.
Kara Osborne Collom
March 25, 2011
We were very sad to hear of the passing of Bob who was our old friend and neighbor. We lived on E 1st Place in Mesa for many years and we enjoyed the company of the Rush family. My brother Matt was very fond of Bob and kept his friendship throughout the passing years. The Jablonka family sends their thoughts and prayers to you at this difficult time.
March 25, 2011
God bless you all, and comfort your family in your time of grief...
TSully and family
March 24, 2011
God speed to my favorite CUB!!! We shared the same birth date! Dec. 21st! (also known as PEARL HARBOR DAY!)------------John Vapensky
March 24, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the Rush family. God Bless ~ Betsy Butler (Gilbert, Arizona)
Betsy Butler
March 24, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Marie Duncan
March 24, 2011
Thoughts and Prayers from my family to yours.
Josh and Tamara Buschel
March 24, 2011
Please accept our families sympathy. Your Grandmother, Marie, was my mother's,(Ruth Cowen Gordon), 1st cousin. I saw your Dad play for the Cubs in the late forties, I was 11-12 years old at the time.
Walter Gordon
March 24, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Loved the pictures. Bill Hayes Family
March 24, 2011
Way, way back in the early 60's, I played Little League baseball and was fortunate enough to have Bob Rush as my coach for 3 years. I have always remembered the lessons he taught me, and always looked up to him. I have run into him several times through out the last 40+ years, and he always remembered me and asked about my parents and family. He was a good and admirable man, and he will be truly missed. Rojane and Randy, and also to the rest of his family, my sincere condolences to you all in your loss.
Bob Wilmarth
March 23, 2011
My sympathy to the family of Bob Rush. In 2003 my wife and I had dinner with Bob, Cindy and Roger in Vegas. It was one of my all time favorite evenings. Thank you Cindy and good luck to you and your family, Ron Longley South Bend In.
Ron Longley
March 23, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ron Longley
March 23, 2011
Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sara Poyser and family
March 23, 2011
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