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Bill Rusk Mount Ayr

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 9:08 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 10:36 a.m. CDT

Bill Rusk, 87, of Mount Ayr died Sept. 30, 2013, at Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. The Rev. Skip Rushing will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr with military rites by Ringgold Post No. 172 and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Open visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Friday with family present 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the American Legion of Iowa Foundation, Ringgold County Senior Activity Center and Methodist Men scholarship fund. Online condolences may be left at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.

Bill Rusk, son of Alley Opal (Cecil) and Earl Jose Rusk, was born Feb. 1, 1926, in Newton.

Bill graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1944.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy from May 23, 1944, to April 18, 1946.

On June 25, 1946, Bill married Thelma Anderson at her parents’ home in Mount Ayr.

Bill worked at Don’s Ayrliner for 17 years before becoming the Veteran’s Affairs officer for Ringgold County for 23 years.

Bill was a member of the United Methodist Church and Methodist Men. He was a life member of the American Legion and served as commander of Ringgold Post No. 172 and on the state and national level.

Bill is survived by his wife Thelma Rusk of Mount Ayr; children, Bille Jean (Ron) Snyder of Brooklyn, Andy (Dotti Johnson) Rusk of Colorado Springs, Colo., Scott (Julie) Rusk of Manhattan, Kan., and Bobbie (Marty) Ivey of Galveston, Texas; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Pat Braby of Mount Ayr and Jean (Keith) Walters of Wayland; and sister-in-law Maxine Anderson of Mount Ayr.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law; sisters, Glendoris Mackerman and MaryAnn Rusk; nephew David Lynn Anderson, niece Kelly Walters Liddell, brother-in-law Max Anderson and sister-in-law Marion Anderson.

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