Randy Lee Rush
CUMBERLAND - Randy Lee Rush, 64, of Cumberland passed away Jan. 9, 2020, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.
Born Jan. 13, 1955, in Lynchburg, Va., he was the son of the late John J. Rush and Bebe Rush, of Ashburn, Va. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Milton and Clara Bainbridge Rush and George and Evelyn Gobble; uncles, Horace Rush, Lowell and Jack Gobble; aunt, Gloria Rush; and mother-in-law, Olive Bolt.
He was a graduate of Westminster High School and Frostburg State University with a degree in music education. A proud Eagle Scout, Troop 381, and member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Xi Omega Chapter) fraternity, Randy made Allegany County his home after college. He served as a music teacher and band director at Bruce High School and Bishop Walsh School, prior to taking a position with the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS). Over his career with DHS, Randy worked in the Washington County, Wicomico County, and Garrett County Department of Social Services offices. During his tenure, he was twice nominated by his peers and agency leadership and honored by DHS as the recipient of their Customer Service Award for exemplary service. Randy retired from the Garrett County Department of Social Services as a LAN administrator.
Randy's passions were his family, music, model trains, Ocean City and the Baltimore Ravens. Randy loved to have his family together and was always taking pictures. In his early years, Randy played the drums in a number of tri-state area bands. He also taught private music lessons to countless elementary, middle and high school students over his lifetime, sharing his love for music and helping others to develop as musicians. He was currently a member of the Potomac Concert Band and the Potomac State College Community Concert Band. A model train collector, Randy looked forward to his bi-annual trips to the Eastern Division TCA Train Show. A tradition that started with his father, uncle Bob, and cousin Barry and continued through October 2019 with his brother, John. Randy, while never wanting an official title, supported his wife, Sherry, as a volunteer with the Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization lending his talents with production, set design, and social media. Randy was valued, respected and admired by everyone in the Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization and leaves a void that cannot be filled. Randy also served as a member of the PACE planning committee, working to promote Allegany and Garrett Counties in Annapolis.
A tireless worker, Randy often worked multiple jobs to support his family and provide them with every opportunity imaginable. He was very proud of his daughters' academic and professional accomplishments and their work ethic is directly attributed to their father.
In addition to his mother, who he loved dearly, Randy is survived by the love of his life, wife Sherry (Bolt) Rush, of 36 years; his daughters, Beth Thomas-Tanner and husband, Trent, Courtney Thomas-Winterberg and husband, Guy, and Tracey Leonard and husband, Bryan; his grandchildren, who he loved dearly, his princess, Olivia Leonard, who he passed on his love for performance and music and his little buddy, Cooper Tanner, who he passed on a love of trains, and Jack Skellington; brother, John Rush and wife, Cindy, of Herndon, Va., and their children Peter, Jessica, and Alan Rush and his wife, Stephanie, and their son, Joseph; uncle, Bob Rush, Knoxville, Tenn.; aunts, Vivian Gobble and Joyce Dutton and her husband, Wayne, of Roanoke, Va., and Millie Gobble of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; brother-in-law, John Bolt, Eckhart. Randy is also survived by numerous cousins; his special Pekinese, Dante, who will forever miss his treats and belly rubs; numerous neighbors and friends, particularly his beloved colleagues from the Garrett County Department of Social Services.
Randy along with his wife and daughters and their families courageously fought to ensure Randy was able to live his life to the fullest in the 16 months since his diagnosis of Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. A tremendous feat, given the grim survival rates of this devastating disease, and a testament to his strength and determination. Randy continued to travel and work and do everything he loved and enjoyed, celebrating holidays and birthdays and volunteering Miss Maryland week. He loved to fly and ride trains and he was able to travel to Walt Disney World on three separate occasions over the last year with his family and grandchildren, made multiple trips to New York City to take in Broadway shows, and most recently traveled to Asheville, N.C., to stay at the Biltmore and see the model train displays. Our family is most grateful that Randy was able to spend his last Christmas, his favorite holiday, at home with everyone he loved and we cherish the memories of a special trip to Mexico with his wife and daughter, Courtney, and son-in-law, Guy.
In accordance with his wishes, Randy was cremated.
Adams Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A celebration of life is being planned for early spring. Invitations will be sent.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made to any of the following in his name to: The Schwab Family Cancer Center, c/o The Western Maryland Health System, 12500 Willowbrook Road, P.O Box 539, Cumberland, Maryland 21501-0539. Donations will be used to support other patients fighting pancreatic cancer; or Bishop Walsh School, 700 Bishop Walsh Road, Cumberland, MD 21502. Donations will be used for scholarships to help support youth that may otherwise be unable to attend; The Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization- Scholarship Fund, c/o The Carroll County Community Foundation, 255 W. Clifton Blvd. Suite 313, Westminster, MD 21157. Donations will be used to provide scholarship opportunities to help young women pursue higher education.
His wife, Sherry, and daughters Beth, Courtney, and Tracey, would like to give special thanks to the nurses and staff on the 5th floor at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for the exemplary care and compassion given to Randy and his family during his recent stay. The family especially wants to thank Nurse Kelly, his special angel, who took care of him and stayed with him until the end and to Doctors Yin, Zaman, and Mavromatis and the entire staff at Schwab Family Cancer Center for their work and determination as a team to help Randy do everything possible to fight this deadly disease and for the respect and compassion they demonstrated.
"How lucky we are to call you ours. This is not goodbye for you will live in our hearts forever."
Published on January 13, 2020

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Greg Robbins
Jan 21, 2020
So sorry to hear of Randy's passing. Working with Randy as a county LAN admin with DHS, Randy was the one I would consider the lead admin. Helpful doesn't begin to describe Randy. When an issue would stump you, Randy always had a suggestion. He will be missed.
Janet Jones
Jan 17, 2020
Randy was a kind and fun-spirited guy. He loved playing in the Potomac Concert Band, where I mostly knew him from, and Keyser's Potomac State Band. I will miss him.
Sorry for the loss. Sincerely, Janet
Janet Jones
Jan 17, 2020
Randy was a kind and fun-spirited guy. He loved playing the the Potomac Concert Band, where I mostly knew him from, and Keyser's Potomac State Band. I will miss him.
Sorry for the loss. Sincerely, Janet
Rick Twigg
Jan 14, 2020
Randy was a wonderful, supportive drum teacher whose lessons I pass on to my own students to this day. Rest In Peace my friend.
Charlie Yarnall
Jan 13, 2020
I am truly sorry to hear of Randy's passing. I have many fond memories of our days at FSU as well as our times as Band Directors together. I know he will be missed.
Charlie Yarnall
Jan 13, 2020
I am truly sorry to hear of Randy's passing. I have many fond memories of our days at FSU as well as our times as Band Directors together. I know he will be missed.