We lost a great man, husband, father, grandfather and friend when Hal Rush passed away on September 19, 2013. Harold Andrew Rush, called “Pops” by his kids and “Papa” by his grandkids, was born on May 25, 1948 to the late Francis and Sally Rush. He was currently of Holt, MI.
A Monroe High School and Michigan State University graduate, Hal married Debbie Brokenshire of Holt on November 16, 1975 and they returned to his hometown of Monroe, where he started working with his father at Mister R Men’s Wear. As the years went on, Hal became an integral leader in the downtown Monroe business community and took great pride in Mister R being a fixture on Front Street. He enjoyed working with and for the people of Monroe and mentored several young employees who would go on to own businesses of their own.
He was saddened to close the family business in 1994, but it allowed him a fresh start doing what he loved – selling fine men’s wear at Van Boven in downtown Ann Arbor. For the next 17 years, he had the opportunity to work with people around the country who ventured to town – selling suits, suggesting ties and socks, talking a husband into the shirt his wife would prefer – all in an easy-going manner that would lead people to tell him their stories. He’d often call his kids at night and lead with, “You’ll never guess who I met today…”
Hal was an active father in his kids’ lives – riding roller coasters with Jennifer, playing Jeopardy with Nicholas, and driving Jonathan to school while listening to Dick Purtan on the radio.
After retiring in 2012, Hal loved spending time with Debbie, his kids, and his grandchildren. The proud couple saw football games, dance practices, soccer games and even made a family trip all the way to Copper Harbor to see their youngest son get married.
Hal is survived by his loving wife of nearly 38 years, Debbie, his children Jennifer (Nick) Fata, Nicholas (Dede) Rush, and Jonathan (Sarah) Rush, his five grandchildren Andrew, Bella, Gavin, Nico and Bode, and his brother Barrie (Paula) Rush.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service time. Interment will follow in Maple Ridge Cemetery in Holt. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.