That’s what it was called. A CELEBRATION OF LIFE! But then, that’s the way he lived.
LARRY “RUSTY” RUST
Was one of the most REAL men I’ve ever known. Pastor, Husband, Dad, Friend, Veteran, PaPa, Dune Buggy-er, Confidant, Camper. VW Bus Owner, Man of God, etc.etc.etc… BestFriend!!
We were entertained, we were comforted, we were challenged!
We were entertained. Because it was truly a Celebration of his life. His sons spoke with Wisdom and Humor. Because that’s the way HE was. Hilda greeted everyone with a smile and a hug as if we were all coming into her living room. Because that’s the way SHE is. We were Family, everyone of us. We gathered to honor him because he loved each of us with all he had.
We were consoled. Eric (his firstborn) shared: “Grief is the price we pay because of our ability to love.” We grieved, but not as those who have no hope. We love, not only because Larry was easy to love, but because he shared his heart with us and his was a heart of love.
We were challenged. His son Adam shared 3 reasons he wants to be like his Dad:
(If U closed Ur eyes, U could hear Larry’s voice as Adam spoke – I tried it)
1) Dad loved his wife
2) Dad loved his kids
3) Dad always affected other people in his life for the better
Adam closed his remarks with: When people are asked, “Do you know Adam Rust”? – He wants people to say: Oh, you mean, that guy who Loves his wife with a fervent intensity, Loves his kids with absolutely EVERYTHING he has to give, and ALWAYS has an impact for the better on everyone in his life he comes into contact with?
“Oh yeah, that guy – Adam Rust – the one who’s like his Dad. I know him.”
I was entertained. Surprisingly. Meeting again with “family” and friends from days long past made it special. I was consoled because we were never intended to do grieving alone. I was challenged because I was reminded of a man who had a huge impact upon who I am today. I went home a little bit better than I was when I came. Larry had a way of doing that for me.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
That’s one of the things I loved about him.
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