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Joseph David Rush

Ajo Copper News of Ajo, Arizona

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Joseph David "Joe" Rush, 51, died June 7, 2015, in Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix.

He was born in Ajo on May 13, 1964.

He was raised by his adoptive parents Luke & Flodie Rush and attended Ajo schools, leaving the community when he was 16 and returning to Ajo from Alabama in 1996.

He met Brook Manuel in July 1996 and they have been a couple for 19 years.

In Alabama, he worked as a welder with the railroad. He was last employed at the McDonald's in Gila Bend and also worked handyman jobs, roofing homes and doing construction work.

He was a member of the Indian Assembly of God Church.

He loved fixing motorcycles and cars and enjoyed spending time with his nephew Chance and showing him how to fix cars, motorcycles-and bicycles. "He was a people person, always making friends wherever he went," said his common-law-wife. "He enjoyed telling stories about what it was like growing up in Ajo and how so many things have changed over the years. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him."

He was preceded in death by his stepson Miles Manuel.

He is survived by his wife. Brook Manuel; by his biological mother, Naomi Alegria of Ajo; by his brothers, Benito Alegria Jr., Loretto Alegria, Herman Alegria, all of Ajo, and Manny Ramirez of Casa Grande; by his sisters, Diana Petty of Casa Grande, Becky Corrales of Tucson, Yolanda Greer of Chandler, Isabel Marion of Tempe, and Sandi Rush Strickland of Alabama; by his nephew Chance Manuel, by his nieces, Brianna Flores & Angeleyes Martinez, and many other nieces & nephews.

A memorial service was held on June 13 at Full Gospel Fellowship.

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Original Publication Date: June 30, 2015

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