Grady Herman “Rusty” Royal passed away August 20, 2012.
He was born May 14, 1952 in Gadsden, Alabama to Wrennie Herman and Sylvia
He is survived by his mother, Sylvia Royal of Valparaiso, Ind.; wife, Debra
Royal of Plymouth, Ind.; daughters, Trena (Dave) Joseph of Porter, Ind. and
Chenoa (Victor) Rapert of Arkansas; grandchildren, Michael and Kayli Joseph,
Justin, Caleb and Landon and great-granddaughter Adeline. Also, his sisters,
Cynthia Maddox of Porter, Ind., Angela Ciesielski of Valparaiso, Ind., Tammy
(Bob) Zuiderveen of Michigan; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, and
aunts and uncles from Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and Michigan, along with
many other family, friends and co-workers.
The family cherishes the memories of his twinkling eyes and merry smile as
he read “A Christmas Carol” to all at the family Christmas Eve parties, his
sense of humor, love of family and friends, and his desire to help others at
Rusty loved to fish, hunt and play video games with his grandchildren. His
spirit of fun, love of God, country and family will never be forgotten.
He had a determination to continue working and “never retire” at
A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Edmonds
& Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, Ind.
Visitation will be held on Friday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the funeral
home prior to the service.
Memorials may be made in Grady’s name to ABATE.
Online condolences to the family may be made at