Merton Everly Rustad

Merton Everly Rustad, 70, of Powell, Wyo., passed on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Riverstone Hospice House in Billings, after a lengthy illness.

Merton was born Sept. 9, 1943, in Baker, and was a graduate of Park County High School, Livingston Class of 1961. He went on to attend Rocky Mountain College in Billings where he played football and received a Bachelors of Arts Education in 1965. In 1970, Merton received a Masters of Education from Montana State University. He began his teaching and coaching career in Center, N. D. in 1965, later moving to Red Lodge, where he was high school principal and football coach before moving to Powell in 1975 where he served as an elementary and middle school principal for over 25 years. In 2001 he was named Wyoming Principal of the Year and later retired in 2003.

Merton was a born leader; full of energy and with a passion for education. He loved team sports and enjoyed coaching, in particular baseball. Merton had a big heart and generous nature. He was passionate about spreading the word of God. Merton loved his family. He will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him; he will forever be in our hearts.

Merton was a member of "Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Powell, Wyo,, and throughout the years a member of the Powell Lions and Elks Clubs, Gideon’s, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Additionally, he served on a number of local community education boards and committees throughout his years in Wyoming.

Merton was preceded in death by his parents Hubert and Evelyn Rustad, two infant brothers Dean and Dale, paternal grandparents George and Lola Rus tad and maternal grandparents Aaron and Della Sampson; and a nephew Stephen Rustad. Merton is survived by his sons Lieutenant Colonel Robert Rustad (wife Amber) of Fort Knox, Ky., Aaron Rustad of Buffalo, Wyo. , daughter Kathy Flores (husband Ramon) of Powell; and a brother Bernie Rustad (wife Terri) of Roundup.

He is also survived by grandsons Doug Rustad of Powell; Jace Rustad of Sheridan; granddaughters Jasmine Roberts of Sheridan, Aneshia Ogger, Katie Kidd, Martha Meyer, and Della Dworshak; stepgrandsons Tyson Flores and Nathsan Flores all of Powell; nephew Mike Rustad of Roundup; and his former wife Sharyn Ann Pake of Powell, aunt Ellen Rustad, Baker, and additional cousins and great friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 2 at the "Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Powell. Memorial donations can be made to Merton Rus tad Memor ial Fund, Big Horn Federal Bank of Powell 151 E 1st Street, Powell WY 82435; a memorial established for the "Glad Tidings Assembly of God, 777 E 7th St, Powell WY 82435 and the Wyoming Fellowship of C h r i s t i a n A t h l e t e s . Arrangements are being handled by Smith Funeral Home and Crematory of Billings. Condolences may be sent to the family online
at teamrustad@gmail.com.