S. John Rusen
S. John Rusen, 98, a long-time resident of Farmington, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. He will be remembered for his optimism, energy and wry sense of humor. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Belling Rusen. Born in Connecticut on Sept. 24, 1917, he was the youngest of four brothers. Mr. Rusen was an engineering graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City. During World War II, as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he flew 35 missions over Japan, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war he joined Schlumberger Ltd. where he was an engineer and manager in many of the oil and gas centers of the southwest, retiring in 1978. He became a member of First Presbyterian Church of Farmington in 1967. Over the years he served as a Deacon and as an Elder of the church. A life-long skier, golfer, hiker, climber, and camper, Mr. Rusen ran his first marathon after his retirement. He was a long time member of the San Juan Country Club where he golfed with friends several days a week. Maintaining a daunting athletic pace, he continued golfing and skiing until just recently. To celebrate his 90th birthday he scampered up the 30-foot climbing wall at San Juan College, waving from above to friends and family members gathered below. He repeated this feat on subsequent birthdays. His latest climb was on his 98th birthday. For his 91st birthday he went zip lining in Colorado. Mr. Rusen is survived by nieces, Shirley Frawley of Lexington, Mass. and Jacqueline Mullally of Seymour, Conn.; and his wife, Dorothy's nieces, Dorothy Martinez of Temecula, Calif., Mary Miller of Brainerd Minn.; and nephews, John Engberson of Plain City Utah, David Engberson of Temecula, Calif. and Paul Engberson of Lake Elsinore, Calif. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the First United Presbyterian Church, 865 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington. In lieu of flowers, mourners may offer gifts in his name to the Farmington Animal Shelter.
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