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
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So sorry Julie and family to hear about Rod. We had some good times together, Rod was a good guy. Our sympathy to all of you and prayers to comfort you. We couldn't be with you today, we are out of state. Thinking of you, Chris and Bob Kolling
Julie, So sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you. RIP Rod.
We were sorry to read about Rod's passing. We pray for strength for you & your family! We are remembering both of you fondly. Bill & Suzette Bos
So sorry to hear of your loss
Julie, My Deepest Condolences. I am so sorry that a heart attack has shortened Rod's life for your future corvette adventures together. Each day we remember our special loved one, whom will never be forgotten, always missed and forever loved. Joan Dotzenrod
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