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Rustine Dee Barr

Rustine Dee Barr passed away on Sunday July 25 at his home in Alabama surrounded by his family. He was born May 18, 1946 in Illinois to Sterling (Tex) and Marcelle Barr. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Sterling Max Barr and sister, Linda Diane Barr. He is survived by his son Rustine (Erin) Barr of Thiebes, Kathy Colson whom he made his home with in Illinois and Alabama. He is also survived by his bother Dennis (Margaret) Barr of Lewistown, Toni (Ronnie) Lutrick of Nashville, TN and Angela (Larry) Beard of Townley, AL and several nieces and nephews. Rusty was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the Navy. He was a member of the VFW. He owned and operated Rusty’s Autobody for over 35 years in Havana where he was always involved in the community and with everyone he met. Rusty loved music just like his mother. She taught him how to play the guitar and how to sing. His first band was in Lewistown as a teenager. He continued to play music throughout his life. His band, The County Lineman, played all over Illinois. He also built the Red Roof Music Barn in Lewistown where he played most weekends along with several festivals, fairs and on the square in Lewistown. He also played and sang in church in Alabama. Rusty loved his family more than anything. He was the person to go to if you had a problem or needed a laugh. He loved his friends and was always there to help anyone. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Graveside services will be held on August 21 a 11:00 a.m. at High Bridge Cemetery in Dunfermline with a celebration of live at 1:00 p.m. at the Lewistown V.F.W. Memorials may be made to the Lewistown V.F.W.


  1. Carlene on August 21, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Rusty even tho we haven’t seen each other for so many years I alway thought you as a brother
    I have so many memories with you and Toni
    I know you and mom up there rocking away her
    singing and you jamming on guitar. Gone but
    Never forgotten. ❤️

  2. Lorenda Alvin Spilker on August 22, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Our very deepest sympathy to Rusty’s family. I have known Rusty and his entire family since I was a young girl in Lewistown. My husband met Rusty back in the 1960’s and became good friends, as well. We always enjoyed going to see & hear him play and sing. His wonderful memories shall live on forever. Lorenda Alvin Spilker.

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