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Joseph W. Rusk October 12, 1923 – February 14, 2011

Joseph W. Rusk, 87, longtime resident of Fort Dodge, Iowa since 1960, passed away Monday, February 14, 2011, at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Funeral services were Thursday at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel in Fort Dodge with his son, Rev. Al Rusk, officiating. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery in Webster City with full military honors conducted by the VFW Post #1856 and the United States Navy.
Joe is survived by his children, Alan (Jan) Rusk, Kathy (Tom) Walters and Lori (Steve) Beckman; grandchildren, Jeff (Kim) Walters, Nick (Becky) Walters, Chip Walters and his fianc?? Sara Kamp, Joshua (Shannon) Rusk, Joey (Tracey) Rusk, Anna Rusk and her friend Bart Jeseritz, Michaela Beckman, Luke Beckman and Sammy Rusk; great-grandsons, Nathaniel Rusk and Isaac and Logan Rusk; stepgrandsons, Lucas Still, Jordan Still and Calob Still; stepgreat-grandson, Zander Still; brother, Bless (Bernita) Rusk; sisters, Mary (Jack) Tardy, Elizabeth Wells and Rita Stevens; sister-in-law, Sandy Beukelman; niece, Molly (Dan) Lopez; nephew, Todd (Mindy) Beukelman, and many more nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Delores J. Rusk, in 2009; his sister, Lean Minckler; brother-in-law, Dave Beukelman and by his parents.
Joseph Willard Rusk was born October 13, 1923 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Joe was a World War II veteran having served in the US Navy as a gunner’s mate on the USS Wilhoite. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he served in the Naval Reserves in Biloxi, Mississippi. Joe co-owned and later purchased the AG Food Center from his father-in-law, Orville Boynton, and managed it for many years.
After selling AG Food Center, Joe worked in the meat department at Randalls. He then went to Sears and worked in the automotive department until his retirement. He and his wife also worked for 10 years at Design Two for their daughter, Kathy Walters.

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