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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Frank D. Lush, 87, of Coudersport, PA

Frank D. Lush
Frank D. Lush

Frank D. Lush passed away on March 5th, 2016 at his home in Coudersport, Pa, surrounded by his family, following a short illness. He had previously resided in Galeton, PA and Yachats, OR.

Born Nov. 13th, 1928 in Galeton, PA, he was a son of R. Otto and Edna Lush. On Aug. 20th, 1950 he married Inez Asher, who survives.

USAF Veteran
Frank graduated from Wellsboro High School in 1946, attended Valley Forge Military Academy, and graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Business Administration in 1950.

Frank served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years, from 1952 – 1956. He was stationed in Waco, TX and Denver, CO. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sgt.

Following his military service, Frank and his wife moved to Galeton, PA, where Frank joined the family firm of Lush Brothers, Inc., a retail furniture and flooring business started by his Grandfather, Henry W. Lush. Frank managed the family firm along with his cousins, Henry Lush, Stanley Lush, and Charles Lush. He was later joined in the business by his sons, Steven Lush and David Lush, representing the 4th generation of Lush Brothers, Inc.

Frank was active in the community. He was a member and Elder of the 1st Presbyterian Church, where he also sang in the choir. He was a Rotarian for many years. He served as club President and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. Frank also served on the Board of Directors for the Northern Tier Children’s Home, Board of Directors for the Potter Co. unit of the American Cancer Society, and Board of Directors for Valley Forge Military Academy.

Frank enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, golfing, camping, hiking, photography, and family vacations.

Following his retirement from Lush Brothers in 1990, Frank & Inez moved to the seaside community of Yachats, OR. After building his home overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Frank spent the next 13 years salmon and steelhead fishing, crabbing, clamming, and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Frank was active in Yachats and the nearby community of Newport, OR. He volunteered at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The activity that Frank put the most time & energy into was the Yachats Big Band. As Manager of the 17 piece band, Frank also enjoyed playing trumpet and flugelhorn in the band. The Yachats Big Band became very popular, and the Band played at venues up & down the Oregon Coast.

In 2003, Frank & Inez moved to Coudersport, PA to be closer to family. In the following years Frank was active as a volunteer at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport and sang in the 1st Presbyterian Church choir in Galeton. He enjoyed fishing, walking, bird watching, and spending time with family.

Over the decades, Frank & Inez traveled to many places around the world.

Frank was active in the Presbyterian Church all his life, holding various positions and singing in the choir in both Galeton & Yachats.

Surviving besides his wife of 65 years are 2 sons, David (Sue) Lush of Coudersport, PA and Steven (Nanette) Lush of Bonita Springs, FL, one granddaughter, Danielle Lush of Bonita Springs, a sister, Laura Mae King of Lancaster, PA., one niece, Marilyn (Dennis) Gehringer of Lancaster, PA, one nephew, William (Lisa) King of Skaneateles, NY, and cousins Henry (Jean) Lush of Galeton, PA and Stanley (Karen) Lush of Wheatridge, CO.
The family will receive visitors at Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport, PA, 16915 on Tuesday, March 8th, from 2p.m. to 4p.m. and from 6p.m. to 8p.m. Funeral services will be held at the 1st Presbyterian Church, Galeton, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9th. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: 1st Presbyterian Church of Galeton, PA; Park United Methodist Church of Coudersport, PA; Potter County Home Health & Hospice; or the resident activity fund of Sweden Valley Manor.

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The Lush Family has entrusted The Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home with preparing the arrangements for Frank’s Life Celebration.

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