Bluffs developer Irv Rushall dies

Irv Rushall, in the minds of many the North Platte Valley's greatest developer, died Saturday evening at a Denver hospital at the age of 74. Rushall was hospitalized locally this past Monday, and then was flown late Friday morning by Eagle Med to the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Center in Denver, where he died of cardiac arrest Saturday evening at 8 p.m.

Rushall started in business with his father at Scottsbluff Pipe and Supply but ultimately sold that and became Scottsbluff and Gering's most important developer.

Rushall developed the Gering Civic Center and the city of Gering's administrative offices.

In Scottsbluff, he remodeled the former Woolworth's building into the Bluff's Business Center, developed Railway Plaza and built the Dana Cole building. He also remodeled the former Gibson shopping center into the K-N Energy building, and then into the home of Vertex, a call center for various utilities. The building was just recently renovated so half of it is now the home for the local offices of close to ten state agencies.

Rushall also developed the RCI building, which was formally a grocery store. He built the new Kent News Agency building in the airport Industrial Park and just recently constructed the new KYS Foods jerky plant.

Scottsbluff City Attorney Howard Olsen called Rushall a "genius" and someone he was "always in awe of" as he worked on his developments. Scottsbluff Mayor Emeritus Don Overman said Rushall was someone that "just put everything together", working several times in cooperation with local government.

Rushall is survived by his wife Marianne, two sons and three daughters, and ten grandchildren. Fittingly, a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Gering Civic Center.

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