Barber County Kansas

The Gyp Hill Premiere, June 4, 2007.

Arlos Rusk

Arlos Rusk, 75, died on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at the Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital. Born on March 24, 1932, in Wellington, Kansas, he was the son of Ray and Roberta (Frankum) Rusk.

On November 20, 1955, he married Maxine Waite in Winfield, Kansas.

He was a purebred cattleman. His career culminated in hosting the All American Hereford Dream Field Day in 1974 with a record attendance.

He was a resident of rural Barber County, Kansas for 47 years, moving there from Sumner County, Kansas in 1960. He traveled extensively, pursing purebred cattle interests. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1950. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army from 1951-1954. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Medicine Lodge. Other memberships include American and Kansas Angus Association, American and Kansas Hereford Association, Barber County Cattleman Association and Barber County Fair Association.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Rusk of Sun City, Kansas; three sons, Greg Rusk and wife Yanna of Wichita, Clint Rusk and wife Madeleine of West Lafayette, Indiana and Clay Rusk and wife Alison of Medicine Lodge; two daughters, Mona Miller of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Robin Phipps and husband Bill of Kearney, Nebraska; two sisters, Arleta Allen and husband Raymond of Belle Plaine and Ardella Ramey and husband Emmett of Gold Hill, Oregon and fourteen grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service was on Friday, June 1, 2007 at the First Christian Church in Medicine Lodge. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Medicine Lodge with full military honors.

Memorial has been established with First Christian Church or Angus Foundation in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, Box 417, Coldwater, Kansas 67029.

E-mail from Kim (Hoagland) Fowles to Jerry Ferrin, 2 June 2007


I was out of the office on Friday (in Medicine Lodge for a funeral) but checked my voice mail and saw that you called.

The funeral was for Arlos Rusk, the father of one of our friends. He had a large ranch near the Comanche county line - until they sold in the 1980s. Wonderful service - he had been planning it for 3 years. His family stood by his wishes and it was just as he planned. It was a two hour service with most of his kids and grandkids speaking and then one of his sons gave the salvation message. After the service everyone was invited to a catered dinner at the church. Then, after the dinner, was the graveside service. He was driven to the cemetery in a horse drawn wagon - oh, and he had his casket made 3 years ago (beautiful) and kept it in his house as a coffee table! At the end of the graveside they set a cedar tree on fire since that is one of the things Arlos enjoyed doing at his ranch!

It was pouring at the cemetery, but the service members stood in the rain with their rifles.


Thanks to Kevin Noland, publisher of The Gyp Hill Premiere, Medicine Lodge, Kansas, for permission to republish the above obituary from his newspaper.

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