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MIKE RUSTULKA (published on March 06, 2010)

MIKE RUSTULKA Sadly, we announce the passing of Mike Rustulka on February 27, 2010, at the age of 77 years. He was predeceased by his wife Loretta Latour (2004); mother and father, Frank Rustulka (1933) and Helen Kowalchuk (1972); brother Joe; sister Millie and her husband Tom Briltz; brother Frank and his wife, Hertha Rustulka; brothers-in-law, Ken Robinson and Matt Hirsch; nephew Charles Rustulka; and good friend Carol Bott. He is survived by his daughters Debi, Sandy (Albert Scott), and Gale (Scott MacAulay); grandsons, Benji, David, Nathan, and Ewan; siblings Carl and Bette Rustulka (Windsor, ON), Jesse Hirsch (Abbotsford, BC), Rose Robinson (Duncan, BC), sisters and brother-in-law Beth Rustulka (Duncan, BC) and Murielle and Lou Fauvelle (Toronto, ON); many nieces, nephews, and good friends Don and Elsie. Dad was born on June 2, 1932, in Bienfait, Saskatchewan. He was the second youngest of seven children. He worked on his brother-in-law Fritz' farm and the railroad before he joined the Navy, while underage, with his brother, Joe. They took part in the Korean War together. Soon after the war ended, he left the Navy and became a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. He was in the Transportation Section as a MSE OP, and drove various equipment all over Canada. The Air Force also took him all over the world including: Korea, Japan, Germany, Greenland, and Egypt. He was very proud of serving his country. He was awarded the Master Driving Award for over 20 years of safe driving, and was a member of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada. After serving 40 years he retired and worked as a cleaner at CFB Southport before it closed. Upon retirement, he enjoyed camping at Big Point, gardening and going on gambling trips to the States, including Las Vegas with friend, Don. He met his wife, Loretta in Toronto and they married in 1956. They welcomed their first child, Debi, in Trenton, Ontario, and shortly after left for Germany. While stationed overseas, they welcomed Sandy and then Gale. On returning to Canada, they were stationed in Calgary, AB; CFB Rivers, MB; CFB Dana, SK; and finally Portage la Prairie, MB, where he resided for the last 35 years. In his younger years, he was quite athletic and took part in baseball, hockey, golf and curling. He also loved to garden, cook, fish and dance. Later on, he played cards and darts with the Legion. He was quite proud of representing Manitoba/Northern Ontario in the National Legion Dart Championship. Dad was a Legion Member for 48 years and had also served as the sports representative for Branch 65. He enjoyed watching all sports, especially his beloved Saskatchewan Rough Riders. He was always a hard-working man, took pride in what he did, and loved his family. The family would like to thank Dr. Garip, EMS personnel, and all of the nurses and staff in Portage Emergency, ICU, and Medical wards, who gave him excellent care. As well as a special thank you to Donna Unrau and the homecare staff. A memorial service will be held in his honour on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 275 Duke Avenue, Portage la Prairie. Donations can be made to the Lung Association or Siloam Mission in his memory. Services will be conducted by Ronald Moffat Memorial Services.

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