March 5, 1950 - November 29, 2023
FC Daehler Mortuary
Mike Brush, aged 73, of Portsmouth, OH, peacefully passed away on November 29th, 2023, at his residence. Born to the late Don and Juanita Brush in Portsmouth, OH, Mike graduated from Clay High School in 1968. Following his education, he successfully completed the electrical apprenticeship program and earned the title of Journeyman Electrician with IBEW Local 575. With a remarkable membership of 51 years in the IBEW Local 575, Mike forged a lasting legacy characterized by his vibrant sense of humor and generosity. His steadfast dedication to the well-being of fellow union members was prominently exhibited during his tenure as Treasurer for several years.
A guiding mentor, devoted husband of 55 years to his wife, Bobbie, and loving father, Mike played a vital role in the lives of his children, offering wisdom, support, and unconditional love. His cherished role as a doting grandfather to six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren created lasting memories and left a profound impact on the younger generation.
In the wake of a life-altering motorcycle accident in 1977 that left him a paraplegic, Mike accomplished more than many can only aspire to achieve in a lifetime. His resilience and determination served as an inspiration to all who knew him, and his presence will be deeply missed.
Mike cultivated a profound love for fishing in Canada during his first visit to Big Gull Lake as a child with his parents. Although he loved to fish, his true joy extended beyond the thrill of the catch. It was in the cherished moments spent with his buddies and family on numerous fishing trips that Mike found the most fulfillment. Through these shared adventures, he forged enduring memories and experienced some of his most cherished times. The tranquil lakes of Canada, particularly at Kirk Cove Cottages, held a special place in Mike's heart, where the camaraderie of friendship and the pursuit of the perfect catch converged to shape some of his fondest memories.
Known as "The pool motor King," Mike's genius with electric motors was widely acknowledged. His remarkable ability to repair any motor benefited numerous individuals in the community, as he generously shared his expertise, ensuring the continued use of essential equipment.
Mike's dedication to the community was far-reaching. As a member of the Portsmouth Motorcycle Club, he actively contributed to the local community. Mike assumed crucial leadership positions in education, notably serving as the President of the Clay School Board. Additionally, his involvement in community planning as a member of the Rosemount Zoning Board showcased his commitment to shaping the future of the area.
Continuing his commitment to community service, Mike took on the role of President of the Roselan Pool Board, working towards enhancing recreational opportunities for local residents. His devotion extended to the youth of the community, where he served as a Cub Scout Den Leader and Awana Leader, leaving a positive impact on the lives of young people. Mike's extensive involvement highlighted his unwavering dedication to the betterment of the community in various capacities.
At Bigelow Church, Mike enthusiastically led the volunteer maintenance crew, ensuring a welcoming and well-maintained space for worship and fellowship. His selfless service and tireless dedication to various community roles exemplify the impact one individual can have on the lives of many.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Brush; three children: Lisa (Paul) Brickey of Lucasville, OH, Amy (Tommaso) Mauro of Upper Arlington, OH, Donnie Brush of Portsmouth, OH; six grandchildren: Jeremy (Neta) Brickey of New Bern, NC, Joey (Ashley) Brickey of Lucasville, OH, Jacob Brickey of Lucasville, OH, Allie Guthman of Columbus, OH, Callie Guthman of Chillicothe, OH, and Isabella Mauro of Upper Arlington, OH; five great-grandchildren; two siblings: Dick Brush of Grove City, OH, Sandy (Dave) Long of Apache Junction, AZ, who will carry on his legacy by remembering the love, laughter, and wisdom he shared.
In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Shari Guthman of Ashland, KY.
Instead of floral tributes, the family invites you to join them in honoring Mike's memory through contributions to The Grace Community Church @ Bigelow for the Mike Brush Accessibility Fund. These donations will support a range of projects throughout the church, specifically dedicated to improving accessibility for individuals with health conditions or impairments a cause that held profound significance for Mike. It is our hope that others may one day fulfill Mike's dream of providing accessibility to the upstairs area, a vision he, unfortunately, couldn't realize during his lifetime. Your support plays a pivotal role in transforming this vision into reality, ensuring enhanced accessibility for everyone.
The family would like to express their gratitude to individuals at Scioto County Hospice for their care and compassion during this difficult time.
A ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, December 10th, at THE GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH @ BIGELOW, located at 415 Washington St Portsmouth, OH 45662.
Visitation is planned from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, followed by a celebration of life service from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. All friends and family are warmly invited to attend and offer their respects.
Please visit www.fcdaehlermortuary.com to leave a special memory of Mike or condolences for his family.