In Loving Memory of
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Nut Mountain Cemetery
Nut Mountain, SK
The family of George Ruston is very sad to announce his passing on October 22, 2021 in Saskatoon at the age of 93. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side. George is lovingly remembered and will be dearly missed by his wife Rose; his siblings Richard (Dick) Ruston (Fran) and Robert (Bob) Ruston; siblings-in-law Everett Linnen, Evelyn Lund, and Eileen Wilson (Trevor); his children Louise Klein (Bob), Edwin Ruston (Shelly), Howard Ruston (Karen), and Linda Exner (Shawn); his grandchildren Sarah Olson (Gareth), Jesse Ruston, Mitchell Olson (Chloe), Heather Ruston (Kyle), Melissa Olson (Mike), and Chesley Ruston (Susan). Also left to remember him are many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. George was predeceased by his infant sister Edith Ruston, sister Kathleen Grunert, brothers-in-law Arnie Lund and Clifford Linnen, and sisters-in-law Edith Linnen and Joan Linnen.
Born and raised on a farm six miles south of Nut Mountain, SK, George was the second of five children to Joseph and Edith Ruston. On June 9, 1954, George married Rose Linnen. Shortly after they married, they moved to Alberta to work on a farm. Within the year, they bought the farm across from his parents’ farm, moved back, and started a family shortly thereafter. In 1966, the local school was closing so they decided to make a big change and move to Saskatoon. In Saskatoon, George started working as a finishing carpenter and it eventually led to running his own company, Ruston Construction Ltd., for approximately 15 years. In 1985, George semi-retired and moved to Kelowna, BC with Rose and youngest daughter Linda. In Kelowna, he took on the odd carpentry project until he and Rose took a job as caretakers for a condo building dedicated to adults 55+ in 1989. He and Rose built a home in Summerland, BC and fully retired there in 1992. In 1998, he and Rose moved back to Saskatoon to be closer to family.
George was best known for his ability to fix pretty much anything. He loved tinkering with anything that had a motor (including a small front-end loader he used for clearing snow) and did exceptional woodwork. He loved dancing and he and Rose attended old-time dances in Saskatoon three times a week for 22 years, until the COVID-19 restrictions came into effect in 2020. George would dance every dance and only take breaks when the band did. George was very social. Until a few years ago, he and Rose loved to get in their motorhome and travel across Canada and the US visiting family and friends near and far.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in George’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.