Legendary conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh was laid to rest during a small, private ceremony in his home state of Missouri, his widow Kathryn Limbaugh has revealed.
She said the ceremony was held in St. Louis on Feb. 24 in an update to listeners on her late husband’s radio show about the funeral and how she’s coping following his death.
“I’m doing okay. Of course, it’s a very difficult time,” she told guest host Todd Herman during the interview Tuesday.
“But I really, truly feel we are all going through this process together, and it’s very much a process. And I think it helps us to all be together and grieve in a sense and keep our Rush with us in that way,” she continued.
She also talked about how she and Rush Limbaugh, 70, discussed plans for his funeral last October.
“We were walking around our house and just talking briefly about his upcoming ‘event.’ We use the word ‘event’ because that was a little bit more fun than the other. But, yes, we did plan this through all of last year knowing that at some point the day would come,” she told Herman.
“Obviously, it came a lot sooner than we would have hoped and liked, but we did have a plan in place. The only problem was we had hoped to invite a lot of Rush’s friends, a lot of colleagues, and a lot of the listening audience. But due to COVID, we couldn’t do that,” she said.
Kathryn Limbaugh said the day was “gorgeous” – the sun was shining even though it was a bit chilly.
“The sun was shining brightly at the Missouri funeral home, not like the icy snow a week before,” she said.
The cemetery in St. Louis was reminiscent of Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, DC, and included the remains of a number of historic figures.
“It might remind you a bit of Arlington or other historic cemeteries around the world, with winding hills and pathways and big trees that are bare right now but in the upcoming months they will be full and green and very lovely to walk around,” she said. “I’ve always said Rush is just shy of a president, in my view.”
“And we did a funeral that was very worthy of him. So we concentrated a lot on tradition and ceremony at every turn. From the moment that he left the house here in Palm Beach, there was a procession escorting Rush to the transport plane that would take him to St. Louis, and then when we arrived in St. Louis, there was a procession leading to the cemetery,” she continued.
“We had a short ceremony in their chapel to his favorite song. We then went down to the burial site. We prayed around Rush and played some of his favorite music. It was absolutely stunning with a beautiful oak tree over Rush with the sun shining down on him.”