The Reverend William Allen Rushford passed away Oct. 31, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Care Center at the age of 89.
Published November 6, 2013
Mass of Christian burialwas held Nov. 4, at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck, N.D. with the Most Reverend David D. Kagan, Bishop of the Diocese of Bismarck, as the main celebrant. The Most Reverend Paul A. Zipfel, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Bismarck and the priests of the Diocese of Bismarck will concelebrate. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Marmarth, N.D. Nov. 5.
William Rushford was born Oct. 21, 1924, in Mindenmines, Mo., the son of Leo and Regina (Bott) Rushford. He was raised and educated in Marmarth, ND graduating from high school in 1942, followed by service in the U.S. Army from March, 1943 to December, 1945. He then attended Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn., and graduated from St. Thomas Seminary, Denver, Colo., with a B.A. Degree in Philosophy in 1955. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bismarck at the Church of St. Mel in Rhame, N.D. May 21, 1955, by Bishop Lambert Hoch.
His first assignment following ordination was as an assistant at St. Leo in Minot until 1959. He then became pastor of St. Michael in Sentinel Butte and St. Mary in Medora. In 1963 he became pastor of St. Michael in Ray and St. Mary in Epping. From there, he went on to serve as pastor at St. Bonaventure in Underwood, St. Catherine in Turtle Lake, and St. John in Riverdale until 1976. From 1976 to 1979, he served as vicar helper at St. Charles in Bowman, St. Mel in Rhame, and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Marmarth. He was then appointed pastor of those parishes until 1983. From 1983 to 1986, he was the administrator of St. John in Riverdale. Father Rushford became the pastor of St. Nicholas in Garrison and served there until he retired June 30, 1995.
Father Rushford also served as the chaplain of the North Dakota National Guard for a long period of time. The Serra Club and vocations were near and dear to his heart. He had a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Father Rushford spoke Greek and Latin fluently. His hobbies included gardening, hunting and fishing.
Father Rushford is survived by his sister, Winnifred (Winnie) Wolf, and her husband, Wilfred (Woodie), Bismarck, N.D.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Father Rushford was preceded in death by his father and mother; his brother, Peter and his sister, Margaret.
Memorials may be given to the Diocese of Bismarck Priests Retirement Fund.
Parkway-Eastgate Funeral Home, Bismarck, N.D. was in charge of arrangements.