Winfred (Bill) Earl Rushing, age 83, of Aransas Pass, Texas was called to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 26, 2007.
He was born December 6, 1923 in Healdton, Oklahoma to Will and Nelly Rushing, Grandson of David H. and Nancy Jane Cloer Rushing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Marvin and Wilbur Rushing and his grandson Joseph (Joe) Earl Rushing.
Bill will be greatly missed & lovingly remembered by his soul mate, life’s love and wife of 58 precious years, Aquila. He is survived by four beloved sons, Jim (Kathy) Rushing of Redding, California, Paul (Nancy) Rushing of San Antonio, Texas, David Rushing of Aransas Pass, Texas, and Johnny (Rita) Rushing of Aransas Pass, Texas. Also six grandchildren: Tina Rushing, Jeff Rushing, Courtney (LG) Davis, Connie (Ben) Supnet, Erica Rushing, and Desiree (Kenny) Howland and seven great-grandchildren.
At the young age of 16, Bill joined the United States Army where he served two years. Then from 1942-1946, he served in the United States Marine Corps as a rifleman in the 2nd Raider Battalion. Bill was a proud WW II Veteran. He honorably fought in the Battles of Midway, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Saipan.
After serving in the military, Bill worked as a driller in the oil fields in West Texas. Then in 1963, Bill and his family moved to Aransas Pass, Texas, which became their home to work for Storm Drilling Company. Also he was employed with Brown and Root for 10 years as a Crane Operator. During his retirement years, Bill occupied his time with numerous entrepreneur endeavors.
Bill was a 55-year member of the Masonic Lodge. Also, he was a Charter Member of the Alamine Shrine Temple. In addition, he was a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 162. Plus, he was a member of the Salt Lake Baptist Church in Rockport, Texas where he enjoyed Christian fellowship.
Visitation will be held at Charlie Marshall Chapel, Aransas Pass, Saturday, April 28, 2007, from 9am to 9pm. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 3pm at Charlie Marshall Chapel, Aransas Pass with Rev. Jim Huffman officiating. Masonic graveside services will follow at Aransas Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Masonic Lodge 1018 of Aransas Pass.