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Russell E. "Rusty" Surratt

August 17, 1955 ~ February 16, 2022 (age 66)


Russell Eugene “Rusty” Surratt, age 66, of Rushville, died Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at his home surrounded by the love of his life and family.

He was born August 17, 1955 in Beardstown the son of William and Sally Rogers Surratt. He married Cheryll Merfen on May 1,1974 in Beardstown and she survives in Rushville.

He is also survived by two children Gwen (husband Eric) Icengole and Joshwa (wife Susan) Surratt both of Beardstown; four grandchildren Megan Icenogle of Beardstown, Mackenzie Icenogle of Garlin, TX, Triston Surratt of Virginia, and Stellan Fryer of Rushville; one great granddaughter Ivory Jane Stoneking; two step grandchildren Justen Logsdon of Mt. Sterling and Shauni (husband Zach) Zapolonik of Florida; one sister Tina Luconic of Beardstown; and two brothers Troy (wife Julie) and BJ Surratt both of Beardstown. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Arthur Eugene Surratt, and two brothers Stephen and Billy Joe Surratt.

Rusty attended Beardstown Schools. He always said the river was home. For 20 years, he worked for Logsdon’s Tug service in Beardstown, starting out as a deckhand and working his way up to a pilot. He was a pilot at Catfish Bend Casino and retired as a Captain. After the Catfish Bend Casino went dock side, he worked for ADM on a line boat. In his early years he enjoyed fishing and has always had an ornery sense of humor. He loved all kids and dedicated many spring and summer nights investing in our youth as a coach. Rusty loved spending time watching traffic from his garage jamming out to 106.7 and traveling with family but most of all he cherished the time he spent with his grandkids.

A celebration of life will be held from 12-1:30 PM Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown.

Memorials have been suggested to Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice or Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook.

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Celebration of Life
February 20, 2022

12:00 PM
Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory
515 State Street
Beardstown, IL 62618


Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice
331 S. Main St., Virginia IL 62691
Tel: 1-217-452-3057

Shriner's Hospital's for Childen
515 S. State Street, Beardstown IL 62618
Tel: 1-217-323-1100

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