Peter David Rus, the first of five children born to Cornelius P. and Jennie Van Ryswyk Rus, was born on December 28, 1913, in Marion County. He passed away Friday, January 3, 2014 at the Pella Comfort House at 100 years of age.
Pete grew up west of Pella and attended Liberty Corner School. On December 8, 1937, he was united in marriage to Dora De Ronde at the First Christian Reformed Church parsonage in Pella. To this union two children were born: Kenneth Wayne and Janice Faye.
Pete and Dora farmed most of their lives near Otley until they moved to Pella in 1969. He was employed at Vermeer’s until his retirement in 1981. Pete and Dora were faithful members of Covenant Reformed Church in Pella.
Pete had a sharp memory of the past, and that, coupled with a genuine concern for current events, made for many interesting conversations with family and friends. Pete’s hobbies included gardening, reading and fixing things, but mostly he enjoyed getting to know people. This was evident as he served many years driving school bus, being a 4-H leader and serving as an elder in his church. He was a man of deep faith and selfless love for others, especially his grandchildren. He will be missed as their “Prayer Warrior” and always loving Grandfather.
Those left to cherish his memory are: his son-in law, Duane Van Maanen and his wife, Mary; his grandchildren; Darla and David Stibral of Tabor, South Dakota, Debra and Dale Hessing of Oskaloosa, David and Beth Van Maanen of Pella, Darcy and Greg Horstman of Pella, Danece and Lonnie De Zwarte of Pella; his sister, Alma Vos; his sister-in-law, Wilma Rus; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Dot De Ronde; and many thoughtful and caring nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dora, January 10, 2005; his parents; his two children, Kenneth and Janice; his brother Dick Rus and sisters Evalena Witzenberg and Aletta Hiemstra.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at the Covenant Reformed Church in Pella. Burial took place at the Oakwood Cemetery in Pella. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.