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Sir Harvey H. Rusco and Margaret F. Rusco

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IRONTON — Sir Harvey Hubert Rusco, age 91, of Ironton, died on Dec. 8, 2012, at his son’s home in Hibbing. Harvey was born on July 24, 1921, in Fairfield, N.D., to Hubert and Ila (Littler) Rusco. Harvey was a WWII Army Air Corp veteran serving as a tail gunner on a B24 bomber, flying in 46 missions. He was a farmer, logger, construction worker and miner. He loved gardening, hunting, fishing, writing poetry, playing cards, inventing things and was a talented musician. In November of 2010, Harvey was awarded the French Knight Legion of Honor. He was a member of the Myrin-James American Legion Post No. 443 of Ironton.

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His wife, Margaret Florence Rusco, age 88, died on June 6, 2012, at her home. She was born on Nov. 8, 1923, in Hibbing to George and Nettie (Stockman) Brown. Margaret was a homemaker and loved gardening, birds and loved to play cards. She also an enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Harvey and Margaret were married on Jan. 15, 1944, in Cass Lake.

Survivors included two sons, Dick (Julie) Rusco, of Hibbing, and Dennis (Susan) Rusco, of Eveleth; six daughters, Caroline (Glen) Evenson, of Summit, S.D., Shirley Louma, of Cass Lake, Maureen (Rodney) Marks, of Buhl, Diane (Warren) Buchite, of Ironton, Judy (Steve) Palkovich, of Buhl, and Trudy LaSart, of Greely, Colo.; Harvey’s brothers, Norman (Donna) Rusco, of Ely, Maynard (Myrtle) Rusco, of Aurora; Harvey’s sister, Josephine Anderson, of Alabama; numerous grandchildren; stepgrandchildren; great-grandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding them in death are their parents; son, David; Harvey’s brother, Carrol; Margaret’s sisters, Lillian (John) Reisinger and Marie (Jay) Golly; her brother, George (Lois) Benzel and two grandsons, James MaKay and Ronald Richard Rusco; and daughter-in-law, Phyllis Mary Rusco.

Services for and Harvey and Margaret will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at the Open Door Church in Hibbing. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at church. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

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