Stephen Rusnak, 72

Stephen Charles Rusnak, 72, of rural Andrews, Ind., died at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Claypool, Ind.

He was born Sept. 29, 1944, in Gary, Ind. to Steve and Eula (Lee) Rusnak.

Stephen was a 1964 graduate of River Forest High School in Hobart Township, Ind. He received his associate degree from Tri State University in Angola, his bachelors and masters from Indiana State University, and his Specialist in Education degree from Purdue University.

He married Linda Johnson in Gary on Sept. 7, 1968.

He was a retired assistant administrator/instructor at Heartland Career Center in Wabash, and also worked with Robert Kisner Auction Services.

He was a member of the Wabash First United Methodist Church, and the Model A Club.  He loved cars, especially Model A's and Corvettes.  He enjoyed spending time on Bass Lake fishing and water skiing, and especially spending time with his family.

Stephen grew up in Northwest Indiana before moving to Wabash County 30 years ago.  

He is survived by his wife Linda Rusnak of Andrews; three children Stephen Dean (Lisa) Rusnak of Waterford, Michigan, Lynnette Marie Rusnak of Wabash, and Kimberly Jean Williams of Lebanon, Ind.; six grandchildren Trent Gray of North Manchester, Megan Rusnak and Stephen Michael Rusnak, both of Waterford, Eli Williams, Landon Williams, and Cooper Williams, all of Lebanon; three great grandchildren; and two sisters Barbara (Tony) Kaiser and Sandra Highsmith, both of Valparaiso.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services and burial will be 10 a.m. (Central Time), Friday, July 21, 2017 at Graceland Cemetery, located at 1505 E. Morthland Drive in Valparaiso, with Pastors Kurt Freeman and John Cook officiating.

Friends may call 3-8 p.m. (Eastern Time) Thursday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. in Wabash.

The memorial guest book for Stephen may be signed at

Posted on 2017 Jul 17