Clifford S. 'Cliff' Rush

Clifford S. “Cliff” Rush, 93, of Poneto, IN, died Sunday afternoon, April 8, 2018, at Heritage Pointe in Warren.

A lifelong resident of Wells County, Mr. Rush graduated from Bluffton High School in 1943. He served in the United Sates Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1946. He worked at
Bergman’s Repair Shop in Bluffton for 23 years and as a mechanic for Hiday Motors in Bluffton for 21 years, retiring in 1990. He was the president and caretaker of Grove Cemetery for many years, along with working as the custodian for Poneto United Methodist Church for 33 years.

He was born Feb. 3, 1925, in Wells County to Ivy and Augusta (Cupp) Rush. He married Caroline Smith on Nov. 28, 1947, in Poneto, and she survives.

He was a former member of Poneto United Methodist Church and a current member of Living Water United Church.

Additional survivors are two sons, Steven (Kelli) Rush, of Poneto, and Rev. Dennis (Lana) Rush, of Farmland; a daughter, Gisele (Daniel) Schmit, of Uniondale; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Rush, of New Haven; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home, Bluffton. Rev. Clark Stoller officiated.  Burial followed at Grove Cemetery in Poneto with military honors by the United States Navy and American Legion Post 111 of Bluffton.

Memorials are to Living Water United Church or Poneto United Methodist Church.

Online condolences can be sent at thomarich.com.