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Sam Rust Jr.
Sam Rust Jr. passed away in Ellensburg on December 10 at the age of 84. He was born in Bellingham, Washington on August 3, 1930 to Sam and Merrill Rust.
He joined the Marine Corps in 1948 and served in the Korean War. Following college and graduate school, Sam moved to Ellensburg in 1969 to take a position at Central Washington State College as a professor in the special education department. He retired from Central in 1992. In addition to his activities at the university, Sam was a member of the Masonic lodge, the Navy League, and the Kittitas County Sheriff's Posse. He was also active in the Ellensburg Rotary Club, a long time Elmview board member, and served on the county equalization board.
Sam was an avid reader, known for his sense of humor, and his love of American history, the United States Marine Corps, and good beer.
In addition to his wife Diane, Sam is survived by his brother Jim Rust, sister Sheila Viereck, daughters Molly Baasch (Dan) and Maureen Rust, grandchildren Chad Baasch (Andrea Tracy), Courtney Baasch, Jess Macinko, and Beth Macinko. He also leaves brother-in-law Walter Hardy (Linda), sister-in-law Donna Hardy, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family and friends will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in Sam's name to "Friends of Kittitas Valley Hospice" or the . Online condolences to the family may be left at www.brooksidefhc.com
Arrangements by Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory

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Published in Daily Record on Dec. 16, 2014
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