Ermanno Sergio Rusi
June 4, 2013
1930 – 2013
Son of Maria Rusi, born in Trieste, Italia, loving husband of Patience Rusi, guiding and loving father of Tony, Lisa and Rob, grandfather to Alexia, Chris and Alina, passed away May 24, 2013.
Ermanno was an avid swimmer, gardener, ham radio operator, sailor, skier both water and snow, and an all-around adventurer in his younger years.
He was born and spent his younger years in Italy. His love for ham radio operation afforded him the opportunity to hone five languages fluently. His passion for communication and love for knowledge graduated him top in his class in high school. He was recruited by Italian Lines in the Merchant Marines Academy and he traveled the world as the chief engineer.
He met Patience Turner in 1957, while traveling by ship to Italy, and he married her twice because he loved her so much.
He resided in Issaquah on Lake Sammamish since 1969 with his family.
He worked at Washington Iron Works and Merlino’s Macaroni Factory while attending the College of Engineering at the University of Washington.
Later, he created his own Engineering Consulting Co. and eventually was recruited by The Boeing Co., from which he retired in 1997 after some 20 years of service. While at Boeing, he was awarded several honors and merits, as he was always solving problems. For several years, he consulted for Boeing until he fully retired, and he and Patience traveled to their dream destinations.
Ermanno loved to tell jokes — he felt laughing was soul-healing and he kept us all abreast of the latest laughs.
Ermanno believed he was the classic American dream story. He came to America to be free and productive, and he did just that. He loved his God, America and all she gave.
His stories of life, from World War experiences and survival to the latest jokes, will be missed. He made the world a better place. He will be missed a lot!
N7VIQ is out … his sign-off from his ham radio license. Rest in peace, Papa … we all love you.
Please share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com. Service information regarding his celebration of life this summer will be updated on the website.
Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 392-6444.