Roger E. Gust, 81

Roger E. Gust, 81, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at St. Joseph ís Hospital in West Bend .

Roger was born on July 6, 1928, in Byron to Carl and Erna (nee Rucks) Gust. Raised in Abbotsford, Roger enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. and later U.S. Air Force after his schooling. After leaving the Army, Roger worked several jobs. He was past commander and very active in the American Legion Post No. 32, past commander of Disabled American Veterans No. 58, served on both the Fourth of July Parade and Memorial Day Parade committees, and volunteered at the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Hospital.

Roger is survived by his wife, Elaine; children, Maynard (Cathy) Gust of West Bend, Lorie (Blase) Peksa of Milwaukee, Christy Gust of West Bend and Melissa Foster of Fond du Lac; and grandchildren, Michel and Bryan. He is further survived by his sisters, Inez Schwoch, Bernadine Faul, Carol Ehnert and Faith Gust; brother, Richard (Marilyn) Gust; and brotherin-law, Fred Rode.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Erna (nee Rucks) Gust; brothers, David and Milo Gust; brothers-in-law, Elmer Schwoch, Charles Faul, Jr. and Robert Ehnert.

A funeral service for Roger will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at 5th Avenue United Methodist Church , 323 S. 5th Ave. , West Bend , with the Rev. Janis Best officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the start of service. Burial to follow at Washington County Memorial Park .

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.