Francis Brush

 

Francis (Frank) Brush

  Longtime Sitka resident Francis (Frank) Brush passed away May 3 at his home in Sitka. He was 80.
    He was born Aug. 17, 1936, in Galena to Grace and Harry Brush, and in his early years lived in Nulato and Holy Cross.
    Frank Brush moved to Sitka in the early 1960s and obtained his LPN certificate. He worked a short time at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital before serving four years in the U.S. Navy.  After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Sitka where he worked for Alaska Lumber and Pulp as a heavy duty mechanic until the mill closed in 1993.
    Frank Brush was good friends with the Phil Moreno and Frank Rogers families and was a regular part of the Rogers family’s annual vacations via ferry to visit family in Washington state, and travel to Canada and Arkansas. He was also a part of all the family holiday, birthday and other celebrations.
    Frank, better known as Brush, was like an uncle and was also godfather to some of the Rogers kids and grandkids. He delighted in taking them downtown to eat at one of the local restaurants, go to the movies or go bowling. 
    When Sitka had a bowling alley, Brush was very active in the men’s bowling league.  He loved to read and was a regular visitor to the library and book store. He instilled his passion for reading with those around him. 
    Brush was a gentle spirit and never complained about anything. As his health deteriorated the last few years and it became more challenging for him to get around, various people stepped up to help him with rides to places he needed to get to. His Sitka family expressed thanks to everyone who reached out to him. 
    Brush was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bobby, who died at age 16.
    He is survived by his cousin Lillian Smith of Anchorage and other cousins. He also is survived by his adopted family in Sitka – Georgia Rogers, Kelcy Coulter, Frank and Nicole Rogers, Heather, Levi and Sullivan Albertson, and Deanna and Lee Bennett.
    Other close adopted relatives are Debbie Rogers, Joelle and Bill Miller, Hally, Justin, Ethan and Addie Coulter, Aubrey, Rob, Carter and Gavin Merritt, Amber, Eric & Isla Brewer, Kayla and Ben Conner, Amanda Rogers, Frank Rogers (the fifth), and Mark Lawson.
    Brush’s ashes will be buried next to his brother’s in Nulato. A celebration of his life is planned for late July in Sitka, which will be announced later in the newspaper.
    Those with questions or wishing to contact his cousin can call Deanna Rogers Bennett at 747-3551.
   
   

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