Gus was born on June 1st, 1926 in Monterey, California and died peacefully in his sleep on February 11th. For the past 7 years, with his little rescue dog Oscar by his side, Gus fought a courageous battle of a broken heart since the passing of his beloved angel, his wife of 66 years, Bonnie. His family, daughters Debbie (David) Grout, Barbara (Ran) Yates and son Michael (Karen) Harris; grandsons David (Jeanine) Rupert, Justin Rupert and 4 great grandchildren, are truly happy that their parents/grandparents are now reunited again for all eternity.
Gus retired from McClellan AFB in the late 70's and he and Bonnie spent a good portion of their early retirement years at either Bodega Bay or Lake Almanor. Gus (Dad, Grandpa & Great Grandpa) taught us to appreciate all that the outdoors had to offer. He could be found most summers fishing, gold mining, camping, or searching for treasures at the Roseville Auction on a Saturday morning. He certainly enjoyed a good party and loved his backyard family bar-b-ques. He just wanted everyone around him to have a good time- and Pop, that we did! Nobody could tell a story better or funnier than Gus, and he just loved to interact in some way with just about everyone he came into contact with. He taught us all valuable life lessons and even during his last weeks he was still teaching lessons to his children. Dad we will miss you!
Gus was a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific as a helicopter mechanic. He will proudly be buried (along with his wife) at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California. No formal services will take place but we ask all that knew and loved Gus to.... lift a glass, and holler out once more in his honor.... 'Ahoy Bluefin.'
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 23, 2014