Rodney "Rod" Arvid Rustan, of Rochester, age 66, died unexpectedly from cardiac arrest on Monday, January 22, 2018, in Rochester. A celebration of life will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes with a visitation one hour prior to the service.
Rod was born on July 26, 1951, in Boone, IA to Burnal and Betty Jane (Wright) Rustan. He graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1969. On October 20, 1984, he married Julie Hansen in Albert Lea. They lived in St. Charles and moved to Rochester in 1992. Rod held various positions in sales over the years and most recently worked as a driver for Med City Taxi. He enjoyed visiting history museums and taking road trips, especially weekend Corvette cruises with his wife, "Sweets" Julie. He also enjoyed sports, attending MN Vikings games with Beth and going to car shows with Jace. His favorite past times were watching old movies and eating his favorite treats, ice cream and popcorn. You could often find him sitting at the kitchen table doing crossword puzzles and drinking iced tea. Rod was a member of Corvette clubs and served on the DAV Annual Car Show Committee.
Rod is survived by his loving wife, Julie of Rochester; children, Elizabeth Jane Rustan of Denver, CO and Jace Rodney Rustan of Rochester and Jill Stenson of Faribault (from a previous marriage); sisters, Jackie Rustan of Burnsville, Jerri Rustan of Owatonna and Tim Rustan of Stafford Springs, CT; niece, Lori (Blake) Wiedner.
Rod was preceded in death by his parents and by his niece, Barbie Mikkelson.
Arrangements are with Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester MN. www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
There are no tributes yet.
We encourage you to show your support by adding a tribute above:
- Share your favorite memory of Rodney "Rod"
- Offer your condolences to the family
- Light a virtual candle
There are no videos to display
PhotosAdd a photo
Have a floral question? Call +1 888 455 4590
Healing Registry Unavailable at the Moment!