Rusbult, Francis Edwin "Russ", 91, passed away peacefully in his home on November 19, 2013. He was preceded in death by Rex (brother) and Caryl (daughter). Survived by Mary (wife of 70 years); Connie (daughter); Craig (son); Kimberly and Nikki (grand-daughters); Brianna, Dylan, Robert (great-grandchildren); and Charles (brother). Visitation is November 29, 4-8 pm, Hilgenfeld Mortuary, and a Memorial Celebration of Life is 11 am, November 30, West Anaheim United Methodist Church.|
In his own brief summary, Russ said "my life has been filled with many wonderful experiences."
He was born in Iowa, September 29, 1922, had a happy childhood, served as a B-24 pilot in Europe during World War II, graduated from Parsons College and University of Iowa. As an educator (teacher and superintendent in Iowa until 1962, then a teacher in Anaheim) he was highly respected by students, teachers, and community members.
He enjoyed flying, teaching, gardening, fishing, sports, and many other activities with friends and family. Our early family vacations included fishing, swimming, sightseeing. Later, he and Mary outfitted a van they used for camping and visiting throughout the country. Other shared travel adventures were ocean cruises and trips to Hawaii, Alaska, and Europe.
Russ was a gentle man, loved and respected by family, friends, and colleagues. He lives on in our memories.
Published in Orange County Register on Nov. 27, 2013