Dr. David Milton Rash,  DMV, 74, of Geneseo, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at his home. Memorial services celebrating his life were held Monday,?March?14,

at First Presbyterian Church,  Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. David Esche officiated. Per his request cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment was in North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation was held Sunday, March 13, at the church. Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Geneseo, assisted the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to the University of Illinois Foundation for the benefit of Veterinary Medical Achievement Fund, or to First Presbyterian Church.


Dr. David Milton Rash,  DMV, 74, of Geneseo, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at his home. Memorial services celebrating his life were held Monday,?March?14,
at First Presbyterian Church,  Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. David Esche officiated. Per his request cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment was in North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation was held Sunday, March 13, at the church. Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Geneseo, assisted the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to the University of Illinois Foundation for the benefit of Veterinary Medical Achievement Fund, or to First Presbyterian Church.

He was born April 2, 1936, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Milton and Helen (Timberman) Rash. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1954, and later from the ?University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1960. He married Helen Louise Painter Aug. 28, 1960, at the Methodist church in Terre Haute. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as an officer, he worked for a year with Dr. Glenn Hintermeister in Preemption, before establishing a solo veterinary practice in Geneseo in 1963. In the summer of 2010, he and his wife celebrated 50 years of marriage and veterinary practice.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo, for 59 years, served as an elder and sang in the choir. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association for 50 years, and Jaycees, where he received second place at the National Speaking Contest. He also was a member and past president of Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, University of Illinois Veterinary Alumni Association, where he received the Outstanding Alumni Award; was a 45-year member of Rotary, and a Paul Harris Fellow. He served as past president for Geneseo Grid Club, and was a roasted member, and was a member of the Mississippi Valley Veterinary Medical Association, where he received the Distinguished Service Award. He served on the Geneseo Community Unit District School Board for 14 years, and was a board member of Christmas in April, Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling, Regional Illinois Diabetes Association, Geneseo Community Chest, and Chamber of Commerce. He was a volunteer for Junior Achievement and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He coached Little League baseball and basketball. He acted in 51 shows from 1968 to 2010, at the Richmond Hill Barn Theater.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Rash; a daughter and son-in-law, Julie Rash Ulven and Dr. Matthew Ulven and granddaughter, Mieke Elizabeth Ulven; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Kurt Rash and Lisa Hughes Rash, and grandson, Ethan David Rash. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Helen M. Rash.