Sioux Center, IA: Cornelius “Cornie” Rus, 97, of Sioux Center, Iowa, died Sunday, October 13, 2019, at Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 17, at 10:00 AM at the Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Rock Valley, Iowa with Rev. J.J. Witvoet officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held on Wednesday, October 16, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley. Memorials may be given to the Netherlands Reformed Christian School.
Cornelius Rus, son of Jacob and Fanny (Zomer) Rus, was born December 9, 1921, at Armour, South Dakota. Cornie was united in marriage with Katherine Wallenburg on December 12, 1944, at Rock Valley, Iowa. The couple made their home in South Dakota before moving to Iowa in the winter of 1959. Cornie farmed until 1964. Following farming, and a brief stint installing dairy equipment, Cornie worked for nearly 30 years at Roorda Machine Shop in Rock Valley.
Cornie loved to fix things. If you had something that was broke, then Cornie was the guy to fix it. Cornie also looked forward to spending time with his family. He was a member of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Rock Valley.
Cornie is survived by his 11 children, Frank and Linda Rus of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Joel and Fran Rus of Hudsonville, Michigan, Jerry and Londa Rus of Sioux Center, Marion and Judy Rus of Greenville, Michigan, Gloria Buus of Harrisburg, South Dakota, Mel and Brenda Rus of Zeeland, Michigan, Harlan and Carla Rus of Sioux Center, Virgil and Mary Rus of West Olive, Michigan, Howard and Janelle Rus of Sioux Center, Harold and Lynda Rus of Sioux Center and Edwin Rus of Waterloo, Iowa; 34 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Marvin (Clazina) Rus of Sioux Center.
Preceding Cornie in death were his parents, Jacob and Fanny; wife, Katherine; son and daughter-in-law, Willie and Sharon Rus; 2 grandsons, Trevor and Jamie Rus; great-granddaughter, Sophie Rus; sister, Josie (Jake) Van Roekel; and brother, George (Jennie) Rus.
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