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Served in WW II and Korean War, with Army and Air Force Richard E. Rust, the son of Calvin Rust and Julia O. (Metheny) Rust, was born July 14, 1928, in Paducah, Ky., and departed this life March 18, 2008 at the age of 79 years 8 months and 4 days.
Richard was resident of the Goodhope and Ava area for the past 32 years moving from Springfield. Richard served his country during World War II and the Korean War with the U.S. Army and Air Force. He was employed as a supervisor with Emerson Electric for many years and later a door greeter with Wal-Mart. Richard was a member of the Ava General Baptist and also attended the Goodhope Baptist Church.
In 1954 Richard and Lois Fox were united in marriage in Brainerd, Minn. Lois precedes Richard in death. In 2006 Richard and Joyce Harper were united in marriage in Paducah, Ky.
Richard was also preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons, two sisters, Betty and Margaret, and one brother, Melvin.
His survivors include his wife, Joyce, of the home, Goodhope; three daughters and their spouses, Julie and David Posey, Theresa and Rick Miller, all of Ava, and Cynthia Marie Muessig, and Dennis, of St. Charles; eight grandchildren, Kristin, Joshua, Kandace, Daniel, Seth, Zachary, Sarah, and Kyle; two great-grandchildren, Drake and Evan; two stepchildren, Tammy Pearce, Ava, and Jim Pearce, Theodosia; three step-grandchildren, Tabetha, Chelsa, and Lindsay; one step-great-grandchild, Mea; one brother, Kenneth Rust, of Minnesota; one sister, Carolyn Cummins, Atlanta, Ga.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Rev. Oren Alcorn officiating. Interment will follow in the Ava Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the funeral home. A military graveside service will be by the VFW 5993 and American Legion Post 112. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s or Ava General Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome. com.