John Joseph Rushinsky

Sept. 28, 1940 – Jan. 17, 2022

John Joseph Rushinsky, 81, Fort Wayne, passed peacefully on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, surrounded by loved ones at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne.

He was born on Sept. 28, 1940 to the late Nicholas and Mary (Swinkunas) Rushinsky in Lorain, Ohio.

On Oct. 25, 1964 in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain, he married the love of his life, María del Carmen Galán Villar, who preceded him in death on Feb. 21, 2012.

Mr. Rushinsky was a brilliant and humble man. He retired as a government contracts quality control employee from ITT Aerospace, and he prided himself on his meticulous work to ensure civilian safety. He was also a Navy veteran and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E7). He was a recipient of The Vietnam Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Navy Expeditionary Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal (twice). The position with the greatest impact on him was that of Electronics Technician in the Cryptology Department in Rota, Spain for it was there that he would meet his beloved wife and the trajectory of his life would forever change.

He and Maria went on to live in many places and were blessed to grow their family to include five children whom they dearly loved. He worked tirelessly to ensure that their needs were met. He enjoyed playing cards, playing chess, repairing anything mechanical for himself and others, research, challenging his grandchildren with math problems to solve, enjoying a good meal in the company of people he loved, sneaking sweet treats and spending time with family. Mr. Rushinsky also was a gifted accordion player and enjoyed entertaining his own family and his children with his polka music.

In his later years, after the passing of his wife, Maria, he fiercely made sure all his children were taken care of. He enjoyed his grandchildren, and in particular loved witnessing his youngest grandson, Antonio, grow into a sweet child and was often heard bragging about what a good boy he was. Unbeknownst to his children, he kept a box next to his recliner with pictures of his children and grandchildren as well as cards he had received from them.

Survivors include his son, John Joseph (Katy) Rushinsky Jr.; son, Michael (Laura) Rushinsky; daughter, Tanya Marie (Vincent) Aviles; son, Mark Anthony (Laura) Rushinsky; daughter, Celeste Nicole Rushinsky; sister, Veronica Loper; and eleven grandchildren: Joseph Thomas Aviles, Austin Rushinsky, John Edward “Jack” Rushinsky, Anabella Rose Klepper, Meghan Rose Rushinsky, Alex Rushinsky, Bridget Marie Rushinsky, Noah Anthony Aviles, Gabriel Manolo Rushinsky, Andrew Vincent Aviles and Antonio Michael Klepper.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael John Rushinsky; brother, Robert Paul Rushinsky; and twin granddaughters: Allie Marie and Marie Allie Rushinsky.

Visitation is scheduled on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, Noblesville. Funeral Service will follow visitation on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 also at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center. Military burial will be at Hamilton Memorial Park Cemetery in Noblesville. In addition, a Memorial Mass in celebration of life will be held at a later date, at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4916 Trier Road, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Those wishing to do something in his memory, should spend time with family and tell them how very much you love them.