Baxter Albert "Rusty" Rustigan (1948 - 2017)

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Baxter Albert Rustigan passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 13, 2017. He was 69.
"Rusty", as he became known by his many friends and associates, first came to Alaska at the age of nine when his parents, along with his younger sister, Bonnie, and his older brother, Robert, moved here from Providence, R.I. in 1957.He graduated from East High School and enlisted in the Army Reserve before embarking on a career as a service technician at Enstar, which spanned 23 years. After leaving that job he went on to become a successful commercial truck driver, both on and off the north slope of Alaska.
Rusty hauled anything and everything; from concrete around Anchorage to water and gravel in Deadhorse during his stint as an ice road builder. And for a time he even hauled folks around Anchorage by the busload. But more than anything else, he loved hauling butt on his Harley!
Rusty embraced his passion for motorcycling throughout his teen years, eventually culminating in a first place finish as the best trials rider in Alaska. He loved his Harley's and, at one point, owned three of them! Such was his love of riding that it was only fitting he ended up an employee at the local Harley dealership.
As it is with all good men, Baxter was a man who stood up for what he believed in, despite the jibes of the occasional doubter or naysayer. He was a highly principled and opinionated individual, as well as a staunch defender of the United States Constitution. His love of motorcycles was surpassed only by his deep, abiding love of country, his devoutly held conservative ethics, his unwavering support of those in uniform and, above all, his unabashed, unyielding and unapologetic support for the Second Amendment. More than just a good man, Rusty was a good Alaskan as well.
Baxter Albert Rustigan was preceded in death by both of his parents; and his brother, Robert. He is survived by his sister, Bonnie Pile, and her husband Terry of Tucson, Ariz.; and many cousins still on the east coast; his daughter, Denali; and his loving wife, Kelli, both of whom live in Anchorage.
At his request, Rusty was cremated and did not wish that any memorial service be held. However, having known him and loved him as we did, we will continue to hold him dear in our hearts and bask in the warmth of the afterglow that only special individuals like he can bring. Godspeed dear friend!
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2017
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