Jerry Frush waited patiently for a chance to serve the Fourth District and he’s not ready to step down.

At age 80, Frush is the oldest member of Warsaw City Council and said recently there is no reason not to seek a third term this year.

Frush remains in good health. His only setback was in 1988, when he had trouble with his gallbladder.

“If my health was going in the other direction, I’d probably not have run again,” he said.

“I?think we’ve done a lot of good things here in the last couple years for the city.”

Among the many projects underway, Frush said he considers improvements to the sewer system and the upcoming upgrade at the sewer plant to be top initiatives.

“I’d just like to see what we’ve got started ... I’d like to see to completion.”

Even while he was working, Frush said he thought about running for office. His longtime neighbor on Lake Street, Jerry Patterson, though, was the city council representative for many years.

“I always liked Jerry. I?thought he did a good job, so why would I?run against him?” Frush said.

When Patterson retired eight years ago, Frush saw his opportunity.

Frush worked as a tool and die maker and then a supervisor at Sun Metal Products, where his career spanned almost 45 years.

His family roots in the Warsaw area date back to 1838. He was raised on a farm south of town. He and his wife moved into the city limits in 1961.

“Warsaw is my life,” he said.

Frush said he would like to think he brings thoughtful consideration and a frugal presence to council proceedings.

He said he and his wife, Julia, raised two children and have lived a modest life by budgeting their money smartly.

“I?think that’s what we have to do for the city. I think there’s a few things that get proposed and it’s just a little too much.”

Frush was one of the council members who expressed concern two years ago about  the original design and cost of the third fire station, which eventually was trimmed by  about $1 million.

The fire station opened last summer.

Frush said he continues to be accessible to his constituents and is always willing to help if they are having a problem.

Frush said he’s been a longtime proponent of recycling and has been the council representative on the Kosciusko County Solid Waste Management District board of directors.

He is also a council representative on the Oakwood Cemetery Board, which oversees Oakwood Cemetery. Frush said he believes Oakwood is one of the nicest cemeteries in Indiana.

Frush said he takes his job seriously, but he likes to have fun as he reflects on life in Warsaw and his family’s legacy in Oakwood.

“I?probably got more family living out there than I?do alive,” he said with a laugh while sitting in council chambers before Monday’s council meeting.