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Dr. Rush Barrett Steelman, Sr.

January 2, 1936 — May 8, 2024

Denver

Dr. Rush Barrett Steelman, Sr.

Dr. Rush Barrett Steelman, Sr (affectionately known as “Barry”) was born on January 2, 1936, in Passaic, NJ, to Rush Aaron and Elsie Wills Steelman. Raised in Clifton, NJ, Barry’s upbringing was defined by a strong work ethic and Christian faith, both instilled by his parents. The family spent summers in Beach Haven, NJ, creating cherished memories by the shore. Surviving the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944 left a lasting impression on Barry. He developed a passion for sailing and surf casting during his formative years, hobbies he continued throughout his life.

After beginning his undergraduate studies at Cornell University, Barry made the decision to travel west and transferred to the University of Arizona, graduating in 1958 with a degree in Chemistry. He then attended medical school at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA from 1959 to 1963, followed by a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. 
 
Barry proudly served his country at Letterman Army Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco, receiving the US Army Medical Corps Commendation Medal. In 1970, he became a partner in Greensboro, NC, and later settled in Dallas, TX, as a founding member of North Texas Heart Center until his retirement in August 2015. During his tenure in Dallas, Barry served as Chief of Cardiology for 14 years, showcasing his expertise and leadership. Upon his retirement, Barry moved to Denver, CO, to be closer to his grandchildren.
 
Barry is survived by his loving wife, Brenda Harper Steelman, sister, Susan Caselli, daughter, Tracy Steelman Plummer, sons, Rush Barrett Steelman, Jr. and Adam Barrett Steelman, and grandchildren, Rush Barrett Steelman III, Bowen Steelman, Elizabeth Steelman, and Olivia Steelman, and his stepson, Michael Moore. His first wife, Linda, played a crucial role in his life and the upbringing of their children. 
 
Rush Barrett Steelman's life was a testament to the power of love, kindness, and dedication. He valued relationships, cherished memories, music, art, and his faith. In addition to his human family, Barry leaves behind his faithful canine companion, Winston, who spent the last seven years by his side, embodying the love and loyalty that defined Barry’s life. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

Visitation will be held Tuesday evening, May 28, from [confirming time]; at Horan & McConaty, 1091 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, 80246. Funeral Service will be held the following morning, Wednesday May 29, at 8:45am; at Washington Park United Methodist Church, 1955 E. Arizona Ave. Denver, 80210. Interment to take place Wednesday, 10:30am at Fort Logan National Cemetery, including Full Military Honors. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association, by using the direct link below.

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

8:45 - 9:45 am (Mountain (no DST) time)

Washington Park United Methodist Church

1955 E Arizona Ave, Denver, CO 80210

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

10:15 - 11:30 am (Mountain (no DST) time)

Fort Logan National Cemetery

3698 S Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO 80236

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