RUST, Harm 1861-1938
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/30/2015 at 20:04:16
Funeral Services For Harm Rust Largely Attended
Funeral services for Harm Rust were held at the home Saturday afternoon and later at the Reformed church. The local pastor, Rev. Wm. Landsiedel, conducted the services. Burial was in the family lot in the cemetery adjoining the church.
For nearly 70 years, Mr. Rust made his home in this community where he succeeded well as a farmer and where he was appreciated as a neighbor and friend.
Harm Rust was born Sept. 10, 1861 in Wiebelsum, Ostfriesland, Germany. When he was about four years old, he came to America with his parents who made their home first at Freeport, Ill. Two years later, in the spring of 1867, they moved on a farm four miles east of Eldora, Ia., from whence they moved on a self-acquired farm two miles southeast of Wellsburg, where the departed grew to manhood. On March 24, 1884, he was united in holy wedlock to Swantje Paterni, and they established their home on his paternal farm.
Their wedded life was blessed with five children, of whom one daughter, Mrs. Gerhart Nabor, preceded the father in death 18 years ago. Due to the ill health of his companion they decided to move off the farm in 1918 to live and enjoy the fruits of their labor in well-deserved rest in Wellsburg, where he lost his faithful companion on February 5, 1928. Since 1930 after the death of the mother his daughter, Mrs. H. Penning, and her husband made their home with him and faithfully kept house for him and also nursed him during his illness until, in the providence of God his earthly pilgrimage terminated Tuesday, December 20, 1938, at 9:15 p.m.
Early in the spring of this year the health of the departed had been failing and a malignant disease gradually absorbed his vitality. About eight weeks ago he became confined to the house and experienced untold suffering without murmuring. Three weeks before his departure he had set his earthly house in order and was fully prepared to face the inevitable hour of summons which translates the believer of the Eternal Redeemer into his heavenly reward, free from all pains and sorrow.
He reached the age of 77 years, 3 months and 10 days. Since the year 1919 he was a faithful member of the Reformed church, which he also served as an elder for 15 years, and had the welfare of the same always at his heart. His loss will be keenly felt as such, and the congregation will preserve him a kind a faithful memory. To the sorrowing children, for whom he had provided not only earthly means, but also a fine spiritual example of church affiliation, will his loss be irreparable. May the Lord assuage their sorrowing hearts and bind up their aching wounds.
The deceased leaves to mourn his departure one daughter and three sons. They are Greitge, Mrs. H. Penning, Holland, Iowa; Henry, Wellsburg; Aise, Grundy Center; and Harm Rust, Wellsburg. One sister, Mrs. Margaret Wepper of Kamrar, Iowa, and 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren also are left to mourn.
Pallbearers: A. Murra, W. E. Knock, M. C. Bunger, F. Terfehn, W. A. Meyer and Ben Jaspers.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 29 December 1938, pg 9
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