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Sbd Hof Rushing 2022 1Michael Rushing, a long-time volunteer in the Cape Girardeau (Missouri) Soap Box Derby program and at the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby, died on March 5. He was 79.

Mike was inducted into the Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame in July 2022. He had been instrumental in the Cape Girardeau local race since it was re-established in 2000 by the local Rotary Club. Over the years, he promoted interest in racing, recruited new participants, educated youngsters on car construction and driving skills, trained dozens of local volunteers and served as race director. He financially supported local families by purchasing car kits, parts, tools and helmets. Mike began volunteering in the run-out area at the All-American championships in 2004. In recent years, he was responsible for staging the competing race cars in the two buildings at Topside. He also was a member of the All-American’s racing commission.

He was founder of Rushing Marine Service LLC, a marine consulting business based in Jackson, Missouri.

Mike is survived by his wife Donna, son Todd Rushing, daughter Carmen Cox, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Friends may call on Wednesday, March 8 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home, 640 W. Independence St. in Jackson. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m. at New McKendree United Methodist Church, 1770 S. Hope St. in Jackson, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum.