John G. “Jack” Rust

July 5, 1926 - April 22, 2019

          John G. “Jack” Rust, age 92, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 22, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

          Born in Georgetown, DE on July 5, 1926, he was a son of the late George Fred and Ella Mae (Holton) Rust, Sr.  Jack proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII.  He then worked as a first class lineman on electric poles with the City of Newark and retired at the age of 79, after a long career.

         Jack enjoyed golfing and devoted many hours as a member of the Newark Country Club, proudly achieving his once in a lifetime hole in one.  Jack was a generous soul, especially to those at the Newark Country Club.  He was an avid sports fan and supporter of the UD athletic programs.  Jack was a member of the American Vets, American Legion and life member of Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder.

          In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his adopted son, Michael Rust.  Jack is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Clara M. (George) Rust; son, W. John Rust (Vicky) of Charlotte, NC; brother, George Fred Rust, Jr. (Patricia) of Georgetown, DE; sister-in-law, Ruth Rust of Georgetown, DE; 3 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

         A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 11 am.  A luncheon will follow at Newark Country Club, 300 West Main Street, Newark, DE.  Entombment will be held at 11 am on Friday, May 10, 2019, in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jack’s memory to Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder, Co., 31 Academy Street, Newark, DE 19711.


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8 Condolences for John G. “Jack” Rust

  • We are so sorry to see that our close friend & golfing buddy has passed away. We loved Jack’s cheerful personality and quick sense of
    humor. We pray for comfort & peace for the whole family

    Woodie and Ann Herrin

  • So sorry to hear of Jack passing. We all loved Jack . Our family sure will not be complete without him.I was glad when you and Jack got married, Didn’t realized it has been 39 yrs. ago.God be with you and his family thru this time…

    your sister and brother-in-law Dawn and Jim


  • Clara: A very dear person has left us. Not many good guys like Jack come into our lives…. You got him most, so reckon that means you’ll miss him the most. Cherish those many wonderful memories….He was one of a kind, a real keeper and we’ll all miss him…..Prayers and good thoughts coming your way….

  • Nancy and I were sad to hear of Jack’s passing. After we had to give up our seats to UD basketball, one of the things we missed most of all was seeing Jack and Clara at the games. It was fun sharing the highs and lows of the games and seasons with them. We are keeping good thoughts for Clara and the Rust family and friends.

    Jay and Nancy Mahanna

  • from Victor Epolito, Jr. (nephew)
    May you rest in peace.

  • I have so many great memories of Jack from my days at Pike Creek CC. Such a great and positive person. The two of you made the perfect couple.

  • Sending prayers to the family….May you find peace beyond all understanding…..a fellow City of Newark Delaware worker!