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Paul "Rusty" DeSabatine, 85, Winamac, went home to be with the Lord at 12:22 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Paul was born May 31, 1931, in Chicago to the late Alfonso and Anna DePirro DeSabatine. He lived most of his life in Winamac. On Oct. 20, 1951, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski, he married Betty L. Reutebuch. She survives.
Rusty went to school in Knox. He worked at Studebakers, Kingsbury Powder Plant and had his own milk route while also farming. Rusty worked for the county and state highway departments. He started his own excavating business, which his sons are still operating today. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, where he served on the St. Peter's cemetery committee. He was also an avid fisherman. Most of his vacations were planned around fishing. He enjoyed playing euchre with his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with his beloved family.
Surviving are his children, Barbara (Steve) Rausch, Robert (Sandy) DeSabatine, Ronald "Rudy" (Cindy) DeSabatine, Donna (Alan) Nicholson, David (Monica) DeSabatine, Joan (Tim) Murray, John DeSabatine, Rhonda "Weez" (Dave) Parcel, all of Winamac, and Thomas (Ida) DeSabatine, Culver; 44 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Phyllis "Babe" Reutebuch, Pulaski.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday, April 21, followed by a Scriptural Wake service at 8 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac.
Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com.
Published on April 19, 2017
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