David Lee Rust, 77, passed away on October 22, 2020, at his Grandview Terrace home in Cabool, Missouri.
He was born on September 13, 1943, in Cabool to Elmer L. Rust and Leona (Bowles) Rust.
David Lee was raised in Cabool and attended Cabool High School, graduating with the class of 1961.
He married Charlotte M. McLaughlin on March 27, 1964, and they celebrated their 56th anniversary this year. Their daughter Kelli was born on November 18, 1966, and their son Christopher was born January 15, 1974.
David was a man who enjoyed trying new things. He started his career as an insurance agent in Cabool and eventually owned Cabool Insurance Agency. Together, he and Charlotte also operated the license office in Cabool, and he was elected to and served a term as Cabool’s mayor.
Eventually David and Charlotte moved to Kirbyville, Missouri, where David became a part of the entertainment industry in Branson. He worked as an accountant at the Grand Palace and other venues for several years. After retirement he discovered that he would rather work and held several part-time jobs trying new things and meeting new people. He always said that he could not understand why a person could not find a job as he could find one all the time. He did everything from delivering auto parts to over-the-road truck driving. No matter what he did, he did well. Perhaps his favorite job came later in life when he worked as the manager of the Branson Farm and Auto Museum. David’s love for old tractors, cars, trucks and other vintage farm equipment allowed him to share his knowledge when he gave personal tours of the museum to family and friends.
David enjoyed visiting with people and telling jokes and stories. He wrote several articles for the Ozark Mountaineer magazine about Ozark folklore and history. David was not one to hold his opinions back. When he felt passionately about an issue, he would write letters to editors and let them know what he thought.
David was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed many hours on the rivers and lakes and in the woods fishing and hunting. As much as he loved hunting, he also loved pets and had many throughout his life from chickens to geese to cats and dogs. He had a special place in his heart for his service dog, Princess.
As a young person, David watched both trains and airplanes from the front porch of the family home across from Cabool Memorial Airport. He was fascinated by the huge locomotives that traveled by the house. He could tell every make and model of airplane that took off and landed. His love for planes led him to get his pilot’s license early in life and he not only flew for his personal enjoyment but was also a corporate pilot for others. David was a ham radio (W0dlr) buff beginning in high school and he enjoyed talking to friends and acquaintances all over the world up until his health would not permit.
David was diagnosed with cancer approximately two years ago and made the decision to return to Cabool to live. He and Charlotte made many new friends and rekindled old relationships after their return in 2019.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his sister and her husband, Ruth and Bill Dickison, as well as other aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, of the home; daughter Kelli, Springfield, Missouri; son Christopher and wife Allison, Coweta, Oklahoma; grandchildren Darrin Lee Tubbs of Ozark, Missouri, Alec Christopher Rust and Alexis Christine Rust of Stockton, Missouri, and Chloe Renae Boughton of Branson; niece Brenda Jarrett and husband Ed, Cabool; and nephew Eric Mohler, Cabool; and many other relatives and friends.
A private family viewing was held Wednesday, October 28, 2020, beginning at noon in the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Carroll offering prayer. Public viewing was held at the chapel from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Private interment will be in Cabool Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.