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Michael "Mike" Trusler passed away on Nov. 15, 2017, with his family by his side. Mike was born on Oct. 16, 1947, to Melvin and Margaret Trusler, in Lafayette. The family moved to Covina, Calif., during his childhood and returned to the Brazil area in the 1960s.
After graduating from Brazil High School in 1965, Mike attended Indiana State University and joined the United States Navy in 1967.
On Nov. 11, 1967, Mike married Mona (Fagg) Trusler. They were married for 30 years before Mona's death in 1997.
During his service in the Navy, Mike was stationed in Idaho Falls, where he worked at the nuclear power facility and became an instructor. He eventually went to sea aboard the USS Bainbridge as an electrician's mate. While at sea, Mike got to visit several Pacific locales including Japan and the Philippines. His electrical skills served him well as the majority of his career was spent as an electrician, most notably a lengthy career at Chinook Mine.
In 1999, Mike married Ruth Staggs. Ruthie's love and care brought great joy and comfort to Mike's retirement years. They enjoyed traveling together, playing cards and tending their flower gardens.
Mike enjoyed fishing trips, including many trips to Canada with his buddies and family. He was a renowned storyteller as well as suspected card cheat according to his euchre and canasta opponents. An accomplished prankster, Mike loved to entertain children and adults alike with his stories and magic tricks.
He was on the original board of directors for the local El Shaddai Emmaus Walks and served as lay director for Walk #4 and Walk #6 of Chrysalis. Mike was also a member of the Bowling Green Masonic Lodge Number 85 and was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Valley of Terre Haute.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Brad (Jana) of Brazil; daughter, Lori Brooks of Cory; stepdaughter, Wendy Cress of Terre Haute; his grandchildren, Michael, Katie and Curtis Brooks; and numerous relatives.
Mike was preceded in death by his first wife, Mona; his parents; and his two brothers, Jerry and Jim.
Visitation will take place from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Lawson-Miller Chapel. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, with visitation one hour prior to services. Keith Gaddis will officiate and the service will begin with Masonic services provided by #85 Free & Accepted Masons. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery with military graveside services provided by the American Legion Post 2 and the VFW Post 1127 and the Navy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mike's name to the Chrysalis Scholarship fund. Checks may be made out to West Central Indiana Chrysalis and mailed to WCIC, P.O. Box 306, Brazil, IN 47834. Post a note of condolence at:
Published on November 18, 2017
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