Walter D. Rusterholz

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Walter D. Rusterholz, 92, of Central City, Neb., died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at Litzenberg Long Term Care in Central City.

He was born April 29, 1910, in Dunlap, Iowa, to Jacob and Minnie (Steinkuller) Rusterholz. He grew up and received his education in the Dunlap and Dennison areas.

On Sept. 17, 1929, in Omaha, Neb., he married Rose Swierczek. The couple lived in Omaha where Walter was employed by Omar Bakery, and then Omaha Cold Storage. In 1940, he was sent to Central City to run the Omaha Cold Storage until 1952. The couple moved to Berryville, where Walter was the production manager for Ocoma Food Plant, which later became Tyson Foods. He worked there until his retirement.

Mr. Rusterholz enjoyed fishing and hunting, collecting and selling coins, doing yard work, and reading the newspaper.

After his wife's death in 1981, he moved back to Central City in the mid-1980s. He had been a resident of Litzenberg Long Term Care since December 2002.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Louise Rusterholz of Berryville, and James A. and Donna Rusterholz of Rogers; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Lawrence Reeves of Marquette, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Virgil Rusterholz of Fort Worth, Texas; a sister, Irene Bannon of Berryville; and a half-sister, Joye Coroneos of Henderson, Nev.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son, Walter Rusterholz Jr.; and a sister, Elvera Hansen.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 21, at Wagner Funeral Home in Central City, with the Rev. Joy Savage officiating. Burial followed in the Central City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Don Broekemeier, Steve Shively, Larry Reeves, Mitch Broekemeier, Terry Bailey, and Jim Hansen.