Paul W. "Bill" Rusler

paul rusler

October 18, 1930 ~ July 13, 2020

Born in: Pueblo, CO
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

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Paul W. “Bill” Rusler, 89, October 18, 1930-July 13, 2020. Bill was a descendant of a pioneer family who settled in the Vineland area in 1884. He graduated from Lakeside Vineland High School and married his high school sweetheart, Eleanor Rose (Mauro) Rusler, his loving wife of 70 years, who survives him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Sara (Danielson) Rusler; sisters, Willa Goode and Norma Taylor; and his father and mother-in-law, Henry and Rose Mauro. He is survived by his children, Bill (Carol) of Denver, Tom (Lynn) of Avondale, Bob (MaryAnn) of Rocky Ford, Brian (Rhonda) of Pueblo and Roseann (Sean) Foster of Pueblo; grandchildren, Tommy (Megan), Aubrey, Sara, Nick (Ashley), Ryan (Courtney), Bart (Danielle), Christopher (Kristin), Joshua (Allison), Brett (Shelby) and Bryce (Chelsea) Rusler, Bethany and Brittany Foster and Justin Gordon; 18 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marilou (Joe) Pisciotta; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He and Eleanor loved to travel together and greatly treasured the memories of their children and grandchildren’s special moments and events. One of his favorite times was when the whole family shared a special Christmas together in the beautiful mountains of Westcliffe, Colorado. He was famous in the family for his “Bill Rusler breakfasts,” and his home-made ice cream, both of which he always made with a lot of love.

Bill lived his entire life in the Vineland community, where he farmed the land in his younger years. In 1956, he went to work as a farm equipment salesman for Abell Truck and Equipment. In 1960, he and Eleanor purchased the International Harvester Farm Equipment dealership. In 1981, he purchased the Templeton-Bush Dealership in Rocky Ford, Colorado. Bill and Eleanor, along with son Bob, owned and operated the family business, Rusler Implement Company, which celebrated its 60th anniversary Wednesday.

Bill was an active, lifelong member of Vineland United Methodist Church, where he served as a member of the board and sat on several committees. He was the charter president of the Pueblo County High Booster Club and a member of the Avondale-Vineland Lions Club. He was also a member of the committee that founded the Bantam League football program in Pueblo County in 1964.

The family would like to thank the Pavilion staff at Villa Pueblo for their loving care of Bill.

Due to the pandemic, a private family funeral will be held with livestreaming available 10 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2020, at and may also be viewed at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Vineland United Methodist Church, 1587 36th Lane, Pueblo, CO 81006.


Funeral Service: July 20, 2020 10:00 am

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  1. Belatedly I learned of “Bill’s” passing. I remember him as a basketball player on the Lakeside-Vineland High School team in the mid-1940s. He was shorter than Donald Mauro, Fred Pagnotta, and others, but he was quick and fast. When the team went to the “State Tournament” their coach was my father, Joseph C. Weber (also Superintendent of Schools).

  2. Bill was a good man and the world will miss him. I was fortunate to end up having Bobby as my college teammate and room mate. Whenever I traveled home to Pueblo with Bobby Bill and Eleanor were both so kind to me. They were always genuinely accommodating and kind to me and that continued throughout my life. Even decades later as I served as the athletic director at Western State College they would stop by and visit with me and were giving in so many ways. RIP Bill and our prayers are with Bobby and Mary Ann and the entire Rusler family. Give Eleanor a hug from us.
    Greg and Gloria Waggoner

  3. Our deepest sympathy to the most wonderful family. Eleanor and Bill was such an inspirational couple to look up to with all the love they shared with each other. They raised a beautiful family who raised their beautiful families and it just continues on. We lift you all up in prayer to give you the strength to get through this most difficult time. So thankful that we are related on the Mauro and Danielson sides of the family. We can say we are honored for that. God Bless and sending our love!!!
    Chad, Kathy, Brayden and Jack Danielson

  4. My sincere condolences to Eleanor and all the family. Bill was a part of my entire life…as a cousin, a friend and a neighbor. He was always there for my father, Harold Martin. I was truly blessed to know and love him. And we shared a birthday!! Bill was a good man in every sense of the word. He will be missed.

    Bobby thank you and all the family for sharing the wonderful tribute to your father.

  5. My sincere sympathy to all the family. Bill Rusler was a favorite of my husband, Walt Carsella.

  6. Expressing our deepest sympathy to the entire Rusler family. Bill was an integral part of our extended Mauro family. He was a good man. We loved him most dearly for the extraordinary love and care he bestowed on our Comare Eleanor. We have so many great memories of Bill and Eleanor in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Donald C. Mauro
    Mary Jean Mauro and Family

  7. My deepest condolences to the entire Rusler Family. Your husband and father was a very nice and caring man. God Bless you All

    • Really enjoyed being able to watch the service online. Bobby you did a terrific job honoring your father. Again my deepest condolences and may God continue his blessings of the entire Rusler family. Elenor and Bill were two of the nicest people I ever had met and you could see their live for one another all the time. Just a few years ago I got to see them at Mussos restaurant with son Billy and his family and they were as nice as ever.

  8. During this difficult time for you Eleanor, and all your beautiful family, our thoughts ,prayers and memories over the years are with you! May memories of your long and happy life together bring you comfort and peace! Love Carol & George

  9. I send heartfelt sympathy to Eleanor and the entire family as I recall a man with integrity and kindness. I am praying for all of you as you step forward.

  10. As a long time family friend, I would like to express my condolences to the Rusler family. I’ve touched base with Rosy over the years and have always been impressed with her amazing dedication to her Mother and Father. Give a hug to Mrs. Rusler. God Bless you all.

  11. To Eleanor and Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. For the family that do not know me, Eleanor, Bill and I went to school together and Bill and I graduated the same year from Lakeside Vineland. I have a lot of very good memories. Take care and time will take away some of the sadness.

  12. So sorry for the loss of Bill. He was a great man whose legacy will live on, especially in the Vineland community. Our thoughts are with the Rusler family during this difficult time.

    Brad and Karen Farbo

  13. Dear Rusler Family,
    We are very sorry for your loss and we will be keeping you in our prayers.
    With great sympathy,
    Billie & Donny Cooper

  14. I am so very sorry to hear about “Mr. Bill.” He was truly very special to me and I will miss him very much. My deepest sympathy is with all of you at this time. May you find comfort knowing he is at peace.

  15. To the Rusler family. with deep sympathy from your friend at this time of sadness. Ron and Jennifer

  16. My condolences to the Rusler family. Mr. Rusler always welcomed you with a smile on his face. He and Mrs. Rusler were great supporters of Hornet athletics and that’s something I remember from my time at Pueblo County. God Bless.

  17. To all the Rusler Family, we were so sad to hear about Bill’s passing. Bill and Eleanor were great people to me and my family for all the years I have known him. They have done so much for us that words can’t describe the feelings I have for both of them. Our prayers are with the family and I know he is in a better place. God bless

  18. ““Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.””
    ‭‭John‬ ‭14:1-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  19. Margaret Wilcox My sympathy to all the Rusler family .Bill and my husband Verne were friends for many years, I have so many happy memories of Bill and Eleanor and our times together. Bill was always there for Verne good times or bad.

  20. Our sincerest condolences to the Rusler family. What a great man he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sam $ Patty Clementi

  21. To Nick and all your family.

    Charlie and I send our prayers and thoughts. Your grandfather will missed by many. Love and Blessings.

  22. Thoughts and prayers to all the Rusler family. May the memories of the good family times give all comfort. Blessings and God’s love to all.

  23. My family and I have done business with Bill and his family since they opened in 1960. I have always had the utmost respect for him as a businessman and person. Bill was a good friend who always had time to chat. Vicki and I send our deepest condolences to his family.

  24. So sorry to hear of your loss. Our sincere condolences to all the family. May God comfort you during this most difficult time. God Bless all of you.

  25. Roseanne,
    Was sad to read this. To you and your entire family I send my prayers and love.
    All God is, He is for you 👆❤️🙏

  26. Sorrry for you loss, prayers to the Rusler family. We shared the Vineland community and cherished growing up there. Such an awesome family he raised. RIP Mr. Rusler.

  27. The Rusler family holds a special place in the hearts of the “L.E.ALLEN” family. My dad farmed in the Avondale Community his entire life,and did business with “BERGEN RUSLER” for years. He enjoyed his visits with Bill and Eleanor when he went by.
    For me,it was the Pueblo County High Hornets games.You could be sure a familiar face in the crowd was always going to be BILL and Eleanor.
    My heart felt sympathy to Eleanor and the family.

  28. Sorry for your loss!
    Nick-sending you and your family my love and prayers.

    Lisa Dee and Family (Dugger)

  29. One of our favorite memories of Mr. Rusler is one Sunday we went to Cracker Barrel in Pueblo and they were there. They sat down and left before we did and when we went to pay he had paid for our dinner, such a nice man is so many ways. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Roger and Mary Jane Maddux

  30. Bill and Eleanor were good friends to my Mom and Dad, Verne and Margaret Wilcox. As children, we would go to the farm to visit, and we were all very fond of Bill and Eleanor. The last time I saw them, Tom (my husband) and I were in Pueblo for a car show. One night we took a cruise out to their farm and got to visit with Bill and Eleanor. My dad, Verne, had passed, and Bill and I had walked out to look at the garden. I will always remember Bill speaking of what a good man and friend my dad was. Two good men – Bill and Verne. They are together again. ❤️

    Linda Fahrenbruch (Wilcox)

  31. To Bob and all the Rusler Family;
    I was sad to hear of Bill’s passing. I am sorry for your loss. Bill was a great man and I always appreciated the kindness and honesty that he showed my family and especially my dad. Dad always considered Bill a good friend and we continue to have Rusler equipment on our place and will continue to have Rusler equipment for hopefully many years to come. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

    Myron Sams

  32. Bill was a hardworking, hard driving, very successful fellow. He will be missed. Our sympathy to the family.

    Ross & Jeanne Ayler

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