Rusty Joe Jungels passed away Saturday January 11.  He was sightseeing with friends, when their small airplane crashed just North of Billings, MT.  There were no survivors.  Rusty was 36 years old.

Rusty will forever be remembered by his brother, Walter Jungels; sister, Almita Garfield; soul mate, Tony; children, Elliot, Harley, and Elizabeth Jungels; grandfather, John Whalen; uncle, Chris Whalen; aunts, Sarah Whalen and Debbie Greenwalt; nephews, Dominic, Darien, and Deric; nieces Mackenzie, Mataya, and Ella; and his best friend AJ.  He will also be remembered by his favorite cousin, ‘Lil Rocky’; grandma, Lori Rogers; and many other extended family and dear friend.

The song has ended, but the melody lingers on . . . “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal”, and Rusty has left so many memories with his friends and family that we must ask ourselves, “How can the dead truly be dead when they still live on in the souls of those who are left behind?”  That was Rusty’s impact on people.  He loved and was truly loved.

Rusty’s legacy on this earth was being living proof that people can overcome sickness like cancer, diseases like drug addiction, pain, heartache, failure, poverty, and hunger.  He fought all of these head on and prevailed, being a light in the darkness and shining bright everywhere he went.  1st Corinthians 13:13 “and now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love, but the greatest of these is Love”.  Rusty came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and put all his faith in him, in return Rusty received new hope in his life and truly began to live.  Rusty loved everybody like a brother or sister and is smiling down on all of us right now because he is finally home.  Remember this: “We are not here to stay, we are here to play, Heaven is our home”.   So look up and smile back, and know that Rusty is with you in your soul.

Rusty’s ashes will be laid to rest this summer.  For details, call Uncle Chris 425-739-9433.