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Stanley Morgan Rustad

Stanley Morgan Rustad, age 96 of Cokato, died Thursday, May 24, 2007 at Parkview Care Center in Buffalo.

He was born Dec. 23, 1910 in Cokato Township to Anthony and Myra (Guin) Rustad. Stanley’s grandfather, Johanner Rustad and his family were early settlers in Cokato Township.

Stanley attended Dewey School through the eighth grade. His first job was to build fires in the potbelly stove at the school, for which he received 10 cents per day from his teacher. Later, he received 25 cents per day, which the school board agreed to pay. Stanley loved the Dewey School so much, that years later, he bought it.

In his early teens, Stanley played hockey and baseball for Albright, Annandale, and Cokato teams. He went to the state tournaments in both sports in 1935.

Stanley was married to Helmi Lappie in 1938. She passed away Jan. 8, 1991.

A life-long farmer, Stanley enjoyed going to auctions to purchase antiques, especially vintage farm equipment and gasoline engines. His other hobbies included reading about early history and going to threshing shows.

When visiting with friends, Stanley’s favorite games to play were Whist and Checkers. He also loved to entertain his friends and neighbors with memorized stories, poems, and rope tricks.

Stanley loved to travel. He made his way by bus or train through most of the US and Canada. Over the years, Stanley also made many visits to the Cokato Museum. Later in life, he made a significant contribution to the museum.

Stanley was married to Eva Melquist Dec. 20, 1991. Eva has two sons, Jay (Jean) of Osage, Minn. and Jay (Joyce) of Rochester; a daughter, Mary Rowan of Coon Rapids; and 11 grandchildren. Stanley loved and enjoyed his new family, and he is survived by them.

Stanley was a resident at Parkview Care Center in Buffalo from July 2000 until the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. at the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato with the Rev. Hiland Goodman officiating. Interment was in the Cokato City Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Tom Jarl, Oscar Jatko, Russ Johnson, Steven Hjelmeland, Allen Holmberg, and Oscar Majava.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Cokato Museum.

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