PITTSTON - Rodney J. Rush of Pittson died March 28, 2015. He was born October 06, 1958, in Houlton, Maine, beloved son of Frances M. Rush and Keith G. Melvin.
He attended school in Houlton where he excelled in hockey; graduating from Houlton High School in 1976. He attended St. Francis College and enlisted in the Air Force in 1979, spending 16 years aboard the C-130 as an Airborne Communications Systems Instructor.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1999, he returned to Maine and started his second career with the State of Maine. He was an active member of Elks Lodge 1293, serving three years as Exaulted Ruler, and was a member of American Legion Post 4. Rodney was dedicated to veteran's causes.
Family and friends were everything to Rodney. He was actively involved in community and charity events and no one will forget his memorable dinner theater performance as "Fifi" the French Maid", complete with fishnet stockings and mustache!
Rodney had a passion for Sudoku where he could complete the hardest of puzzles using a pen. He was an expert competitive dart player both feared and admired by equals; and humble enough to occasionally miss the mark when he thought it would raise the spirits of an opponent in a pick up game.
Rodney is survived by his wife and best friend, Anne-Marie; his sisters, Katrina Melvin and her partner Judy, Elizabeth and Raymond Wagner, Deborah Melvin; brother, Matthew Melvin; mother-in-law, Sylvia and husband. Andre Fecteau; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jane and Rick Varney, Charles and Ellen Cox, Carol and Mark Kontos, and Robert and Linda Cox, Anne Fecteau, Chris and Karen Fecteau, as well as beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends too numerous to list.
Visiting hours are being held on Thursday April 2, 2015 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Staples Funeral Home, 55 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, Maine with the Elks Memorial Ceremony included at 7 pm.
Memorial services are being held Friday, April 3, 2015 at 1pm at the Maine Veteran's Cemetery, Civic Center Drive entrance, Augusta, Maine immediately followed by a celebration of Rodney's life at the Gardiner Elks Lodge 1293, 148 Cobbossee Ave., Gardiner, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to benefit various Veteran's Charities, C/O Gardiner Elks Lodge 1293, 148 Cobbossee Ave., Gardiner, Maine 04345, in memory of Rodney J. Rush.