Des Moines Register
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
OBITUARY - BARBARA JOAN "BARB" (FREED) RUSK
DES MOINES - Barbara Joan "Barb" RUSK, 79, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, July 9, 2010.
Barb was born and raised in Albia, IA. After graduating from high school in 1948, she moved to Des Moines to attend
Capitol City Commercial College. During that time, Barb met Rex RUSK, who she then married on September 9, 1951.
She worked at John Deere off and on during the years her children were born and was then employed with Preferred Risk
Life Insurance Co. from where she retired in 1996, after 30 years of service as a Policy Issue Supervisor and Underwriter.
During that time, she completed requirements to be awarded the "Fellow" designation by the Life Office Management
Association. While in Des Moines, Barb also attended Glen Echo Christian Church and later First Federated Church.
She will be greatly missed by her children, Nancy (John) WISSINK and Steve (Elise) RUSK; seven grandchildren, Dawn (Ed)
FREDERIKSEN, Catherine "Cammie" FITCH, Micheal (Casey) PETERS, Ronnie (Summer) RUSK, Michael HUDSON, Matthew WISSINK and
Jacob WISSINK; and seven great-grandchildren.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Leota (TURNER) FREED;
husband, Rex RUSK in 1984; and two sisters, Ruth COUGHLIN and Pauline THORNTON.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 12 at Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel in Des Moines. Funeral
services will be held at 1 pm on Tuesday, July 13 at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery in
Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa in lieu of flowers.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2010
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