Rusty Slate Has Walked West

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by munk, Apr 2, 2005.

  1. Art S.

    Art S.

    Jul 1, 2001
    We'll all miss him.
    God bless you, Rusty.
  2. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002


    That I was not expecting.

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  3. Svashtar


    Dec 28, 2003
    Jeez, this is so totally unexpected. I knew he was hardly older than me, and thought he was just offline helping Yangdu with all the arrangements for Uncle Bill. Like most of you, I had no idea he was even the slightest bit ill.

    I am sorry for Rusty's family and for all of you that were so close to him. For some reason he and I never clicked at all, and I always wondered why. I wrote to him personally last Monday offering my condolences to him, as I knew how close he ane Uncle Bill were, and had hoped that Bill's passing might open a bridge between the two of us. I feel an affinity for everyone who frequents this forum regularly and wanted to have the same relationship with Rusty as well.

    The one thing I could count on in any gun thread or discussion was for Rusty to chime in just before me with exactly the correct information, in even more detail than I was going to write! He really knew his stuff. (Wasn't the 16.5" WWII his favorite khuk as well?) I also thought that he was an excellent moderator and did a great job of monitoring every thread and made sure nothing got out of hand.

    I wish we had all known he was this ill, so that we could have been more prepared and offered him help at the time.

    I'm glad though that Uncle Bill has his best friend for company so soon after his passing.


  4. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I am at a loss for words:( I feel like I just lost two close family members in a car wreck. God speed, Rusty. You were appreciated. We will all try to walk in the footsteps of both you and Uncle Bill.

  5. olpappy


    Dec 6, 2004
    I am shocked and saddened by the news of Rusty's passing. Although I did not know him well, he was obviously a dear friend to many here and his contributions to running the forum invaluable. It will be hard for anyone to do the job he did.
  6. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    Got home from work a few hours ago and found out that the Pope passed away this morning. Then I log onto BF and find out that Rusty has also passed. The world has lost 3 great people this week. :(

    My condolences to Rustys family and friends. God bless!! Rusty will be missed.

  7. lcs37


    Jul 31, 2002
    My mind went blank with disbelief upon reading the news. This is not my reality. Two good people I met and talked with, plus several other local friends have gone west. May their burdens be light in the trek ahead.

    I'm beginning to look over my shoulder. Hope I can stay ahead and keep my head up.
  8. fixer27


    Nov 17, 2004
    Goodmen die before their time.
  9. Red Flower

    Red Flower

    Oct 13, 2004
    Too bad to hear this. My regards and prays from Beijing are sent...
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  10. 45-70


    Jul 10, 2003
    Wow what a week.

    UB is a role model for me, he walked his talk.

    Rusty was a super guy, kind and thoughtful.

    The Pope was also one heck of a role model, if you read about his life, it is astounding.

    I think the world is a richer place today than it would have been without anyone of the three.
  11. donutsrule


    Feb 14, 2003
    :eek: :( :(
  12. munk


    Mar 22, 2002
    Rusty knew good men when he saw them, whether they 'clicked'. And he understood more than even the breadth and depth of his posts would reveal.

    He could see heart so plainly.

  13. Josh Feltman

    Josh Feltman

    Feb 12, 2001
    First Bill and now Rusty. I feel myself a better man for having known both of them. This is just too much. :(
  14. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    A good man.
    He done good
    in many ways

    Prayers for him & his.

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  15. kronckew

    kronckew Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 17, 2003
    Requiescat in Pacem, rusty

    God Bless and safe voyage.

    My condolences to his family
  16. Logan1


    Nov 24, 2000
    Smoke for his family :(
  17. Cabbit


    Apr 2, 2004
    Oh man, this is just terrible news.

    My dearest condolences to his family.
  18. Roadrunner


    Jun 9, 1999
    When I logged on this afternoon I thought this was an April Fool's in incredibly poor taste. It just doesn't seem possible. Then I saw who posted and knew munk would never joke about something like this. RIP Rusty, I've no doubt you and Uncle Bill met on the other side. Hold a chair at the bar for the rest of us.
  19. sweet


    Nov 11, 1999
    Condolences to Rusty's Family, from the Sweet, Hubbard and Chan Families.
  20. eraaij


    Jan 17, 2002
    My condolences to Rusty's family and friends. A very sad week.


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