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Norbert "Rusty" Thomas Tym

April 12, 2020

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Norbert "Rusty" Thomas Tym

Age 81 years.  Passed away peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side on April 12, 2020.

Rusty was born November 21, 1938 in Milwaukee, WI and was preceded in death by his father Norbert U. Tym, Sr. on October 31, 1969 and mother Martha Reidelbach (nee Mayer) on October 20, 1996.  Rusty was united in marriage to his beloved Beverly J. Tym (nee Kerley) on September 23, 1958 in Newton County Texas for 37 years.  Beverly passed away on July 16, 1996.  Dear father of Norman (Linda) Tym, Brian (Lisa) Tym, Kerry (Brett) Tym, and Theresa (Rick) Boldt.  Proud Grandfather to Jessica (Steven) Krugle, Ryan (Ale) Tym, Becky Tym. Samantha (Adam) Nett, Chelsea Mengsol (Patrick), Natalie Tym and Vanessa Tym.  Great Grandfather to Amelia Grace Mengsol and a great granddaughter to arrive in May.  Loved by sister Charlotte (Bob) Barwig; and the late Evelyn "Cindy" (John) Gerstl and Beverly "Dollie" Tym.

Rusty started his lifelong career in radio at WTKM in Hartford, WI in 1958; he then moved his family to Naperville, IL. and worked at WKKD as a popular DJ and was a sport announcer for the Illinois State Basketball Tournaments; until moving into sales.  He helped Tom Skilling of WGN in his first job as a weatherman.  He moved the family back to Wisconsin to become General Manager of WMIL and WAUK in Waukesha, WI.  Toward the end of his career in radio he joined WTMJ Radio and was one of the top salesmen with numerous clients including the Packers, Brewers and Badgers.  He retired in 1993 and moved to California.  He returned to Wisconsin after 3 years to be close to family.

Rusty met his second wife Sharon Novak at a Cousin Center widows/widowers retreat in 1997.  They were united in marriage on March 4, 2000 in Milwaukee.  Rusty welcomed Sharon's daughters Jane Novak and Barb (Steve) Italiano into the Tym Family.

Once he married Sharon, he got involved with ministry and received a Certificate for Pastoral Services.  Sharon and Rusty retired to Luther Manor in Wauwatosa, WI.  Rusty became very busy by writing and producing several plays.  He worked with Anne Davis Basting a professor of theater at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Peck School of Arts.  His first play "Finding Penelope" got recognition worldwide?  He loved showing movies every Saturday afternoon to the residents.  Rusty loved playing Dart Ball with other residents and Sharon brought many of her friends to watch and cheer the teams on.

Rusty's love of music kept him recording Christmas CD's for his family and friends.  He loved to travel with Sharon to places like Africa, Paris, and went on a cruise to Hawaii.  All their trips turned into DVD's of their adventures for his family and friends. 

Rusty was preceded in death by his sister Cindy Gerstl April 5, 2014. nephews Daniel Martin on January 28, 2011 and David Stepanenko on Jan. 17, 2019, his mother in law Jane (nee Schutzman) and James J. Cummings.  Rusty is further survived by many relatives and friends that he claimed as his family.

A Celebration of Rusty's life will be celebrated at a future date when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Please remember Rusty's Family in your thoughts and prayers. Please make donations to Luther Manor Foundation in Rusty's memory.

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