Dr. Phillip Earnest Grush, 87, passed away July 22 at Wellbrooke in Crawfordsville.
Dr. Grush was born on June 15, 1931 in New Paris, Ind. to Lloyd John and Ruth Hollar Grush.
After the family moved to Goshen, he attended the Goshen public schools and graduated from Goshen High School in 1949. He participated in the band and various sports during school and was a Life Scout earning the Order of the Arrow.
Upon graduation he attended Hanover College graduating magna cum laude. While at Hanover he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity. He was captain and most valuable player of the varsity track team and was Little State champion in the 100 yard dash two years in a row.
Dr. Grush married Marilyn B. Harding in July of 1953. He then enlisted in the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, R. I. in September 1953. Upon graduation in January 1954, he was assigned to duty as Communications Officer and Sonar Officer aboard the Radar Pickett Destroyer USS Rogers – DDR876. While in the Navy, a daughter, Sandra Lee, was born at the U.S. Naval Shipyard at Vallejo, California. He served 2.5 years in the Pacific before being transferred to the Navy Recruiting Station at Columbus, Ohio.
After discharge from the Navy, Dr. Grush enrolled in the Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington. While at I.U. a second daughter, Deborah Lynn, was born. Upon graduation the family moved to Crawfordsville where he went into practice with Dr. Caster E. Wilson.
In Crawfordsville, he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, was on the Indiana State Comprehensive Health Board, and was a member of the Tecumseh Optometric Society. He served on the board of directors for several organizations including Union Federal Bank, Main Source, the Well Baby Clinic, the Red Cross, and the Youth Services Bureau.
He was a member of the Ouiatenon Club, University Club, Do-Nothing Club, and past president of the Kiwanis Club. He served as a ruling elder of the Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church. Dr. Grush enjoyed visiting with friends and family, traveling, playing golf, and dealing antiques at Cabbages and Kings Antique Mall.
Survivors include his wife Edith Crawford Corey Grush; two daughters, Sandra (Rick) Adams of Bloomington and Deborah of Indianapolis; a sister Nona Mae Berta of South Bend; four stepchildren, Julie (Joe) Kolger of Crawfordsville, Curt (Tammy) Corey, of Quincy, Ill., Jeffrey “JD” (Trena) Corey of Ohio, and Bradford Corey of Attica; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and five great-step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn Harding Grush, parents, Lloyd and Ruth Grush, and grandson, Timothy Adams.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church. Family and friends may pay their respects three hours prior to service. There will be graveside rites for the family.
Memorial donations may be made to Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church.