Stillwater News Press


March 17, 2014

Phillip Otis Rush

Phillip Otis Rush, 71, of Ripley passed peacefully from this life on March 14, 2014, with his family by his side. Services have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Stillwater and a graveside service celebrating his life was held at 10 a.m. Monday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Stillwater. Public visitation was held from noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Phillip was born on Jan. 24, 1943, in Stillwater, to Dave and Oma (Clark) Rush. He was raised and attended schools in the Tryon area, graduating from Perkins-Tryon High School.  

Following his graduation, Phillip was employed as a leather worker in Guthrie, Cushing and Chandler, before being hired as an assembly line worker at Swan Rubber Co., in Stillwater, a job he enjoyed for 14 years.  In 1976, he married the love of his life and his wife of 37 years, Anita Sue Gant. Phillip and Anita had two wonderful sons, Jason and Shawn.  He accepted a position at Mercury Marine in Stillwater and spent 22 years working the assembly line as a belt sander.

Phillip retired from Mercury Marine in June 2005.  After retiring, he spent his time clearing his pasture, remodeling his home and spoiling his grandson. He also enjoyed gardening, painting, canning, baking his famous pecan pie and making hundreds of bottles of his delicious homemade salsa.  He thought that life didn’t get much better than riding his horse across his pasture until he discovered the convenience of riding a four wheeler, which soon became a favorite hobby. He also enjoyed watching WWE wrestling on TV with his wife Anita, a hobby that he may have enjoyed substantially more than she did. He was also an honorary member of the Perkins Round-up Club and participated in the annual Baton Race.

Phillip was a simple man who was as stubborn as he was generous. Phillip was a hard worker who believed that sickness or an injury was never an excuse to miss a day of work. He was a family man who always had his family as his top priority. He never missed a chance to attend one of his son’s athletic activities and was their biggest fan and supporter from middle school all the way through college. He enjoyed having his family over to his home and he loved talking with his brother and sisters. Phillip Rush was a loving husband, a dedicated father, a proud grandfather, a loyal employee, and a trusted friend who will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Dave and Oma Clark; two sisters: Genieve Hall and Bertie Craycraft; and an aunt, Ota Clark. He is survived by his best friend and wife Anita Rush, of the home; two sons: Jason Rush and wife Shallyn, of Tulsa, and Shawn Rush and wife Erin, of Norwalk, Iowa; a grandson, Pierson Rush of Tulsa; a brother, J.B. Rush of Perkins; many nieces, nephews  other family members and friends.

Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Carl Allen Lockett

    Carl Allen Lockett passed away July 26, 2014.

    July 31, 2014

  • Alice May Mitchell

    Alice May Mitchell, a longtime Yale resident, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the age of 76.

    July 30, 2014

  • MATTHIAS,-HIRO-obit.jpg Hiroko Ota Matthias

    Hiroko Ota Matthias, 81, of Altus, was granted her well-deserved angel wings on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Integris Baptist Medical Center, in Oklahoma City, where she was surrounded by her loving family.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Betty Gambill Kuffel

    Betty Gambill Kuffel, 82, of Maramec, passed away Tuesday, July 29.  Services will be held at 1p.m., Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the Maramec United Methodist Church, Maramec, Okla., with the Rev. Jeff Kuhn officiating.

    July 30, 2014

  • Gearldine Gayle Floyd

    Gearldine Gayle Floyd, 74 of Okarche, formerly of Cushing, passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at Flynn Cemetery, Cushing.

    July 29, 2014

  • Royce Lee Juneau

    Royce Lee Juneau age 78 of Cushing passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014. Wake will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the First Indian Baptist Church.

    July 29, 2014

  • James-Phillip-Longan-obit.jpg James Phillip Longan

    James Phillip Longan, 68, of Stillwater passed peacefully from this life on July 27, 2014, in Oklahoma City with his family by his side.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patricia (White) Noland

    Patricia (White) Noland, 79, of Stillwater, Okla., passed from this life on July 18, 2014.

    July 24, 2014

  • James Jim Mullins

    James Jim Mullins, 78, of Cushing, passed from this life Monday July 21, 2014.

    July 23, 2014

  • Sheperd-JW-obit.jpg John Watkins Sheperd Jr.

    John Watkins Sheperd Jr., 86, passed away Friday, July 18, at his home in Stillwater, Okla. His memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Strode Funeral Home Chapel.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"
Must Read