John Henry Rusch

March 22, 1924December 19, 2019

John Henry Rusch, Jr., 95, a retired chemical engineer, died on December 19, 2019 in Covington, Louisiana. He was born on March 22, 1924 in Marengo, Iowa. He graduated from Baraboo High School in Wisconsin and thereafter, from Case Western Reserve with a degree in chemical engineering. After graduation, John was an ensign in the Navy and served in the Pacific. After his military service, he married his high school sweetheart, Eunice L. McGilvra in 1951. He worked for Dow Chemical in a series of locations with the last being in New Orleans. Rather than transferring out of New Orleans with Dow, John and Eunice established a series of businesses including Chemical Cleaning, Inc., CCI Pumps, Inc., and John Rusch Associates, Inc. He was a member of the Krewe of Dorians, Metairie Country Club, and St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church where he and Eunice made lifelong friends in the church’s young couples group. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice, and his parents Hazel Teeter Rusch and John Henry Rusch. He is survived by four children, David William Rusch (Donna), Richard Lawrence Rusch (Louise), James Allen Rusch (Catherine) and Nancy Rusch Wenzel (Clinton). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Robert William Rusch, Margaret Reed Rusch, Christopher David Smelt, Justina Rusch Hulen, Robert Creswell Rusch, John Clinton Wenzel IV, and Lauren Rusch Wenzel and numerous great grandchildren. Interment will be private. A memorial service will be scheduled for after Christmas. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your preferred charity. An online guestbook is available at


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Steven Abels

December 21, 2019

We moved into the Fleetwoods' white house next to Mr. and Mrs. Rusch after Katrina. Greatest neighbors and sweetest couple.

So easy to visit with Mr. Rusch (fellow Iowan - Steve) for a man of such respectability and intellect. Both his kindness and sense of humor are precious memories.

Steve Abels and Maureen Brennan