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Virgil E. Rush, 85, of Quaker City, passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, Cambridge. He was born April 18, 1936, in Monroe County, a son of the late Samuel P. and Rosa Iona Bonifield Rush.

Virgil worked in the Carpenter’s Union early in life. He was the owner of Rush Logging and timbered most of his life. He was a trustee for Seneca Township and later worked for Beaver Township.

Virgil loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. With his quick wit and humor, he was not just the life of the party - he was the party.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Hildred Mareno and Barbara Lucas and brothers Samuel Loren Rush and Damon Rush.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Mary Alice Rush; children Cindy Barton, of St. Clairsville, Sam Rush, Cathy (Shelby) Cline, Virgil Rush II, Randy Rush, Loretta Stephens (Brad Crooks), all of Woodsfield, Robert (Pam) Elliott Jr., of Columbus, Michael Elliott, of Caldwell and Laura (Ed) Perkins, of Pleasant City; four sisters, Elsie Baker, of Woodsfield, Hazel Petty, of Cleveland, Faye Parish, of Woodlawn, Virginia and Pauline (Chuck) Reed, of Beallsville; two brothers Clifford Rush and Paul (Patricia) Rush, of Woodsfield; fourteen grandchildren, April (Kevin) Trump, Walter (Kari) Wayts Jr., Andrew (Cynthia) Wayts, Eric (Natalie) Brown, Aaron Brown, Josh Rush, Heather (Dustin) Monroe, Derek (Lacie) Stephens, Cierra Perkins, Austin Perkins, Clayton Elliott, Camden Elliott, Michael Bush and Nathaniel Bush; fifteen great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friends were received Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Bauer-Turner Funeral Home 100 S. Paul St. Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, with Don Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the Calais Cemetery Calais.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice.