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Grady Herman 'Rusty' Royal service Friday

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Grady Herman “Rusty” Royal passed away August 20, 2012.

He was born May 14, 1952 in Gadsden, Alabama to Wrennie Herman and Sylvia Royal.

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 any time.

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 Arcelor-Mittal Steel.

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


Posted 8/22/2012