Robert Joseph “Joe” Rustin

January 21, 2020

Robert Joseph “Joe” Rustin, 84, of Kirklin, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.  Joe was born on November 20, 1935 to Daniel McKinnis & Annie Eleanor (Andrews) Rustin.  Joe married Janice Louise Kelley on March 2, 1963 and she preceded him in death on October 20, 2018.

Joe served his country in the United States Navy for 20 years until his retirement.  Following his time in the Navy, he worked in maintenance for General Tire, Orpack and World Color Press.  He enjoyed hunting treasure with his metal detector, traveling, and was known as a voracious reader; however, his true passion was genealogy.


Visitation and Services

Friends may visit 1-4 p.m. Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort.  Funeral services will be held Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Kirklin.

Survived by:

Survived By 2 Sons: Jeff (Jennifer) Rustin of Kirklin and Ken (Shannon) Rustin of Lebanon; 2 Daughters:  Valerie Rustin of Forest and Sandy Davis of Acworth, GA; 7 Grandchildren:  Dayton, Rebecca, Victoria, Allison, Rachel, Stephanie (Jordan), and Ricky (Linsey); 7 Great Grandchildren:  Brody, Ryder, Dexter, Brooklynn, Rory, Keeleigh, and Kennedy; Step-Siblings:  Kathryn Lee, Gwendolyn (James) Spears, and Woodrow (Claressa) Rustin all of Lucedale, MS; and Brother-in-law:  Joe Nowlin of Jackson, MS.  

Preceded by:

In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by 3 Brothers, Benjamin, Daniel and Sammy Rustin along with 2 sisters, Marie Nowlin and Annie Lucille Rustin.


Leave your Condolences

4 Condolences for “Robert Joseph “Joe” Rustin”

  1. Heidi Long January 24, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time The Long Crew is thinking of you guys hugs and prayers headed your way.

  2. Latrelle Knight January 24, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Rest In Peace Uncle Joe and may God Bless !! From the Knight Family !!

  3. Ron & Jayne Larsen July 15, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    I worked for Joe on the USS Haddo in 1966-1967. We were newly married and Jan taught Jayne how to be a “navy wife.” We have many memories of the good times we spent with them. We have always considered Joe and Jan the finest friends we could possibly have in the navy.

    Ron (FTG2SS) & Jayne Larsen

  4. Sandy Davis January 23, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    I miss you, I wish I had known you better.

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