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Robert Dean Ruster, age 79 of Cedar Springs, passed away Friday evening, March 17, 2017 while watching his beloved Spartans in his home under the loving care of his family and Heartland Hospice.  The son of Sam & Genyeth (Wright) Ruster was born on June 22, 1937 in Leslie. 

A graduate of both Michigan State University and Aquinas College, Robert was an avid Spartan fan.  On July 2, 1981, in Grand Rapids he married Debra A. Woznick.  An educator with Rockford Public Schools, he began teaching at Lakeside Elementary and spent most of his career at Rockford High School teaching English. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Genyeth;  a daughter, Michelle Mohn;  his father-in-law, Arthur Woznick;  brothers-in-law, Andy McFarlan and Mark Mollo;  and a grandson, Shaun Steven Mohn. 

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Debra Ruster;  two sons, Shane (Allison Burr) Ruster, and Jay Ruster;  four daughters, Laura (David) Roznowski, Brenda (Thomas) Haroutunian, Renee Mills, and Wendy (Joshua) Hartle;  grandchildren, Axel, Caitryn, Torin, Lyrah "Little Bug", James Robert, Janaki, Ali, Alicia, Shannon, Trey, Jenae, and Terren;   a brother, Leslie (Ruth) Ruster;  two sisters, Martha (James) Wysocki, and Elaine Sanford;  mother-in-law, Marlene Woznick;  siblings-in-law, Dana McFarlan, Kim (Fernando) Martinez, Kerri (Douglas) Bradley, and Jodi Landstra;  special friends, Joan & Jim Jandernoa (with whom he and Debra enjoyed many wonderful days and nights on Lake Michigan at Grand Haven); many nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren. 

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place.  Robert preferred that relatives and friends remember him by "…having dinner in a nice restaurant, breaking open a good bottle of wine, and listening to some Springsteen, Stevie Ray, or Clapton". 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Point Betsie Lighthouse (one of Bob's favorite places to relax) 3701 Point Betsie Rd., Frankfort, MI 49635.  

To send a message of sympathy to the family or to sign Robert's online guest book, please visit:  Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Diana Bradley on March 22, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Deb & family
    I’m so sorry to hear about Bob. May God bless you and hold you tight. You will be in my prayers.

  2. Linda Tuttle on March 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Thank you Bob for being a loving husband to my friend! Bob, what a way to go! I would wish for the exact same thing!! I am thankful that you are suffering, no more! See ya on the flip side!

  3. Jim and Shirley Phillips on May 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Debbie…just received the note from Long Lake Community regarding the loss of Bob. Jim and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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