It’s with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of one of our dearest customers and friends — James “Rusty” Russell Sullivan.

The first time the team met Rusty, we all immediately knew that he was going to be such a joy to have as a customer. We often forge lifelong relationships with our customers, and Rusty’s sense of humor and outspoken personality quickly made him one of our favorite people. He was always cracking jokes and making everyone around him laugh. Throughout any hard circumstances or difficult days, he would still have a smile on his face — always kind, always asking how we were doing, always making everyone smile.

He sent us a card a while back just to thank us for helping him with some different things throughout the year. The card said “Merci” on the front, so on the inside, he wrote a joke about how fancy he was for picking out a French card. He even drew a picture to go with it. It was things like that, small gestures and his whole demeanor in regards to living. In all reality, we are the ones who are thankful for having the opportunity to meet and interact with such a wonderful, fun-loving, and compassionate person.

Rusty was always ready to discuss the latest technology in equipment, what was going on in the news, or his observations (that were usually hilarious) about life. Our wonderful memories of Rusty will always be in our hearts, and his family is in all of our prayers during this difficult time.

If you have memories of Rusty you’d like to share, you can submit stories for his friends and family to read on the Memorial Solutions website, here. 

For more information regarding the memorial service, where to send flowers or condolences, or to read more about his life, click here.