Blaine Rush

April 9, 1928April 28, 2019

Blaine Rush, 91, of Colorado Springs passed away April 28, 2019. He was born in Chanute, Kansas on April 9, 1928 to J. Herla Rush and Hazel Caldwell Rush.

Blaine graduated from Chanute High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Ottawa University Ottawa, Kansas. Following college he married Vina Lea Angell Rush on January 29, 1950. Blaine worked in the banking industry for over 60 years. He was a member of the Smith Center, Kansas Lions Club and Lions Club where he had the honor of being elected as an International Director. While in Colorado Springs, he was a member Vista Grande Baptist Church. His passions were serving his church, community, and he enjoyed many outdoor activities. Blaine’s family was very important to him and he was always telling them, “We have a lot to be thankful for.”

He is survived by his children, Jodi (Jim) Wyss, Randy (Tami) Rush, and Jackie (Chris) Rodgers; sister, Sherrill (Chuck) Hoover; grandchildren, Derick B. (Shannon) Wyss, Brett J. (Kate) Wyss, Tiffany A. (Mike) Decker, Christina (Wes) Harrison, Wendy (Adam) Fisher, Kristen (Kyle) Schenk, Kale (Sharin) Shank, DeeDee Rodgers-Penny, Carisa (Blair) Dodson and Evan Rodgers, 26 great-grandchildren, and 2 nieces and 1 nephew. Blaine was preceded in death by his parents and his wife (Vina Lea).

Memorials may be made to The Integrity Bank Charitable Trust, Vista Grande Baptist Church or the Lions International Foundation.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2019


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Ron DeLorenzo

May 10, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to your entire family. Blaine's presence will surely be missed - being the truly lovable and kind person that he was!

Dick Renfro

May 6, 2019

Randy and family--My sympathies to you on the passing of Blaine. Your parents were two of my favorite people. I can recall those times at the Salina Country Club when your Dad would participate in the National Bank of America golf tournament in the morning, then play in the tennis tournament in the afternoon. I know Blaine will be missed by all......Dick Renfro

Carol and Tom Stewart

May 6, 2019

Sending our sincere condolences at the loss of your loved one. Blaine was someone we always admired and his character, faith and community involvement was something we all strived to follow. He certainly was instrumental in the Smith County family we still consider home. May you find comfort and peace knowing you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many and may memories bring love, laughter and smiles to your hearts. Peace be with you all. Carol and Tom Stewart and family

Frank & Jo Simmons

May 5, 2019

Dear Rush Family - we're so very sorry to hear of Blaine's passing. He was such a dear man, and we loved him. How we wish we'd stopped by to visit him before we moved to OK in July (yes, we moved again). We're so very sorry we won't be able to attend his service to honor him. He was a man who had a great and personal faith in the Lord, who lived with integrity and a zest for life, and it was so obvious that he loved his family dearly. One fun memory is when we played golf with him - Frank and Randy vs Blaine and Jo. Blaine and Jo won!!! He was always so fun to be around! We are so grateful we are able to count both he and Vi as dear, sweet friends. He will be missed.

Somsakdi Lovisuth

May 2, 2019

Dear Rush Family,

We were very sorry to hear about the recent terribly sad loss of Blaine.
We know he will be sorely missed.

Please accept our deepest condolences at this most difficult time.

We will keep your family in our prayers.

Yours sincerely,

PID Somsakdi and Somran Lovisuth

Dave Owen

May 2, 2019

Blaine will be greatly missed by everyone associated with Ottawa University. His calm demeanor and sage advice were always evident in all the meetings I attended with him on both the Board of Trustees and the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame. His record of athletic accomplishments were an inspiration to student athletes of all eras. The “Iron Five” set the standard for basketball excellence at OU.
Dave Owen
Braves Athletic Hall of Fame

Dave Hale

May 2, 2019

Within the last two years Mr. Rush sat alongside John Martin at a Ottawa University Council meeting. At a break, both men were on their cellphones..the glow from the devices were echoed from the eyeglasses. That picture, which I still have, I would title, "From the past to the Future". Dave Hale..member, Braves Hall of Fame.

Beverly Roberts

May 2, 2019

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the lost of your loved one. Although I did not personally know PID Rush, we are bonded with the title of PID and members of Lions Clubs International. We are all family and we are all grounded in service to others. My prayers are with you in this most difficult time. PID Beverly Roberts, Georgia USA.

Katie Martin

May 1, 2019

Blaine was a welcoming, giving, kind person. I will always remember Blaine and Vi when we were in Smith Center. They were fun. I am glad to have known them. My prayers to their children and grandchildren.

Jim Bush

May 1, 2019

So sorry to learn of Blaine’s passing.

Blaine was so committed to the community, the bank, his family and Lions International. He was innovative and dedicated to every task he undertook. He was a VERY competitive tennis player! After so much success in Smith Center and at the time in most people’s lives where they are planning on retirement, Blaine and Randy took on the challenge of starting a totally new Bank in Colorado, from the ground up, and again they built it into another incredibly successful bank.

I am glad I had chance to work with Blaine and Randy in Smith Center. They were both very instrumental to my entering a second career in banking and were excellent mentors.

Thoughts and prayers to the Rush family.

Jim and Judy Bush