Roland D. Rust, 68, of Estelline, SD, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Prairie Lakes Hospital, in Watertown, SD. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Estelline. On-line condolences may be left at the Geise Funeral Chapel website.
Roland Dennis Rust was born December 5, 1948, in Estelline, SD, the son of George and Luella Mae (Lamberg) Rust. He graduated from Estelline High School in 1967. He joined the National Guard after high school. After he completed Basic Training, he worked for Minneapolis-Moline. On January 3, 1970, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Cindy Papka. Together they had two children, Shelly and Joe Rust. He spent a summer in Presho, SD before returning to the family farm. He farmed and raised cattle in Estelline until 2012. He then pursued his lifelong dream of being a cattle rancher. With the help of Kent Morris, Gary Linneman and Walt Church, Roland was able to fulfill his dream and still be able to be at home with his friends and family.
He was past president of the Hamlin County Sportsman Club, President of the Dempster Co-op Grain, member of the American Legion, Jaycees and Estelline Rodeo Club. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the church board. Roland’s hard work, dedication and ability to befriend anyone he came across, leaves us with many memories to cherish and honor.
Grateful for having shared his life is his wife of 47 wonderful years, Cindy Rust, of Estelline, SD; daughter, Shelly (Lance) Bird and their daughter, Kami, of Worthington, MN; son, Joe (Trista) Rust and their daughters, Kodi, Kenzie, Kya and Karissa, of Castlewood, SD; twin brother, Rodney (Kandi) Rust, of Dell Rapids, SD; his sisters-in law, Dot Colberg, Jan (Dale) Sonnenburg and Judy Keimig; brother-in-law, Denny (Connie) Papka and his many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, JoAnn Stonehouse; parents-in-law, Stanley and Mamie Papka, brothers-in-law, Bud Papka, Dean Mohan, Wally Colberg and sisters-in-law, Mary Papka and Karen Mohan.