Charles was born on July 11, 1926 to James and Florence (Putnam) Rush in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Bill was the second of five siblings. He attended high school in Parsons Kansas until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as radio operator aboard the U.S.S Wasp during WW II. He married Rose Marie Murphy in 1946. She preceded him in death on July 20, 1999. They celebrated 53 years of marriage and raised three daughters. Bill graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Business Administration. He worked for Wadsworth Lumber and Lumbermen's Supply before owning and managing Garfield, Independent and Biles Lumberyards. He retired from these businesses in 1983.
Bill was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and later Our Lady of Guadalupe. He was a member of Brotherhood Lodge #269, and a Past Potentate of the Moila Shrine and continued to be a faithful supporter until his death. He was a member of the St. Joseph Yacht Club and spent many happy days boating with family and friends. His favorite pastime was playing golf at Moila where he made many life-long friends. Bill married and cherished Betty Lee Wurtzler in 2001; she survives in the home.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Loretta Auvigne and a brother Robert Rush and his wife Rose Marie Rush.
He is survived by his wife Betty Lee Rush, Daughters Patricia Burton, Dianne (Criswell) Bray, Deborah Rush, Sons-in- law Loren Ed Burton and Dan Bray and step-son Stephen Wurtzler (Barbara) Grandchildren Jennifer Winders (Richard), Michael Bransfield (Ashley), Timothy Criswell (Becky)and Jeffrey Bransfield eight great grandchildren his Sister Doris Dickson and brother James Rush.
A Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Internment is at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Parish Rosary 5:30 pm Thursday at the chapel. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
The family suggests memorials to the Shriners Hospital for Children.