Lorna Eleanor Rusk

Jan. 31, 1929-July 26, 2020


Lorna Eleanor Rusk, 91, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020, at home, with her family at her side.

Lorna was born Jan. 31, 1929, at Veedersburg, to Ben and Ruby (Furr) Townsend. The family moved to Covington where she attended and graduated from Covington High School in 1947. She worked at the Indiana Condensed Milk Company after high school when her family moved back to Veedersburg.

She married Richard L. Rusk on Aug. 30, 1947, in her parent’s home at Veedersburg. They celebrated 69 years of marriage before he passed away in 2016. Together they had four children, Lynette Rusk, Janilee (Denny) McMasters, Mark (Bridget) Rusk and Todd (Jena) Rusk, all of Veedersburg. Lorna had eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Summers of Veedersburg, Melissa Woodroffe of Brooksville, Florida, Jessica Bullard of Westfield, Greg (Heather) Rusk of Bristol, Indiana, Scott (Danielle) Rusk of West Lafayette, Matt Norwood of Lafayette, Casey (Eli) Hoagland of Veedersburg and Haley Rusk of Savannah, Georgia and great-grandchildren, Alexis and Nathan Summers, Ella Woodroffe, Lilia Bullard, Hannah and Taylor Rusk, Zion and Isaiah Norwood, Dallas and Laney Hoagland.

Lorna started working for The Fountain Trust Bank in 1976 in bookkeeping until she retired in 2003. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Veedersburg and was a member of the United Methodist Women’s group. She was very active in the church choir and enjoyed putting together programs for special performances. She had been attending Sterling Christian Church since 2016; she also enjoyed attended their KIT Club. Lorna was a member of the Alpha Mu Music Club, Psi Ota and Red Hat Society.

Lorna was preceded in death by her parents; husband Richard in 2016; brothers, Lorne, Dorwin and Daryel Townsend; and sister Dorla Hartsaw.

She is survived by all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Roy Rusk of Hutchison, Kansas, and sister-in-law Mary Jo Livengood of Lafayette.

Lorna lived for her family. She was known for her macaroni and cheese and noodles and there was never a family dinner that didn’t have both. You could always count on seeing her where ever there was an activity going on that involved her grandchildren. She was a maker of “skrunchies” and if you were ever at her house for anything you walked away with at least one. Her home was a place of love, laughter and all were welcome.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at Dickerson Funeral Home, Veedersburg. Masks would be appreciated and the family requests that everyone please observe social distancing due to the current COVID-19 situation. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30 at Dickerson Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Rockfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be made to the Veedersburg Fire Department.

Online condolences at www.dickersonfuneralhome.com.


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