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Ronald G. (Rusty) Compton #119

Ronald G. (Rusty) Compton #119

Ronald Gene “Rusty” Compton, 77, of Cumming, GA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 26, 2023, with his loving wife Melody, his daughters Kelly and Kari, and special friends Sandi and Jon by his side. He was born in Seminole, Oklahoma to Gene and Marie (Epperson) Compton on July 20, 1946. He grew up in Oklahoma and Texas with his younger brother, Jon, playing on his grandparent’s “ranch” and loving the outdoors. 

After graduation from high school, Rusty went to Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he majored in Economics. His true joy while in college was being in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, where he was active with his brothers who became his lifelong friends. Rusty was involved with his Phi Delt brothers until his death. He loved them deeply and always cherished their bond.

After graduation from college, Rusty joined the Marine Reserves where he faithfully served our country for six years. He loved our country and was a devoted patriot. 

Rusty then went on to have a career of over 45 years in the employee benefits insurance industry. He worked for several large corporations and retired from USI Insurance Services in January of 2019 after serving several years as the Southwest Region Practice Leader and Senior Vice President.

Rusty was a very active service leader. He served on the Underwriting Board of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital for 10 years, the board of Directors for Collin County (Texas) Assistance Center for 2 years, the Foundation Board of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas, for 3 years, and as a member of the Global Women’s Leadership Forum for 8 years. He loved to assist others and offered both personal and financial help whenever possible.

Rusty was a devoted husband to the love of his life, Melody, and a loving father to his daughters, Kelly and Kari, and stepson, Weston. He was also a loving son-in-law to his “Miss Patty.” He was a friend to everyone, never met a stranger, and had a larger-than-life personality. He had a song for everything, and could often be heard singing to his own rhythm! Rusty loved life, sports of all kinds, hunting, fishing, and his dogs Emmitt, Troy, and Kramer. He was a FIFA soccer referee, a marathon runner, and was often called a “fire ant” because he was always busy doing something. He could build anything and loved to work with his hands. He made beautiful stained-glass windows and restored antique pieces of furniture to look brand new.

Rusty was preceded in death by his father Gene and mother Marie. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife Melody of Cumming, Georgia; his daughter Kelly Rumney (Matt) of Wylie, Texas; his daughter Kari Compton of Plano, Texas; his stepson Weston Walker (Emma) of Carrollton, Texas, Granddaughter McKenna Rumney, Grandson Ryan Rumney, Granddaughter Kinsley Walker, his mother-in-law, Patty Kramer of Cumming, Georgia, his brother Jon (Susie) of Houston, Texas, his sister-in-law, Sarah Kangerga (John) of Amarillo, Texas and brother-in-law John (Dolly) of Longview, Washington. He also leaves his wonderful Phi Delta Theta brothers and a host of other relatives and special friends. 

There will be a Celebration of Rusty’s life on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at Freedom Church in Carrollton, Texas. The time will be determined at a later date and announced.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Rusty’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. or (800) 805-5856

There will be a Celebration of Rusty's life on September 30, 2023, in Carrollton, Texas.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Ronald Gene “Rusty” Compton, please visit our flower store.

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08/29/23 10:59 AM #2    

Marty D. Thurman #214

Rusty was an Active when I pledged PDT more than 50 years ago . He was a very cool guy . I enjoyed being around him thru Rush , and when I was learning how to how to improve myself as a pledge . I will always have good memories of Rusty . See you soon in the Chapter Grand . 

08/29/23 11:14 AM #3    

John R. Morrison #33

I am so sorry to hear of Rusty's passing away!  He was a good man, a good Phi, a brother and a fellow Marine and Viet Nam Veteran.  So very sad.

08/29/23 12:00 PM #4    

John Prendergast #151

Rest In Peace, Rusty...

08/29/23 02:19 PM #5    

Ray Deason #118

Rusty, always a good guy and fun to be around.  He was the total gentleman and a great husband to Melody Kramer Compton. I know she was so blessed to be his wife and she loved Rusty very much. Had so much fun on the phone talking with both at different times:  one for school for sure; and one for Phi Delt.  I hope that all render their prayer fo the family  recuperation and acknowledge his wonderful life; and, a great Phi Delt brother.  I always enjoyed being around Rusty and his friendship with all of us.  A Vietnam brother in the day for the USA.  Rusty is healed, praise the Lord, and we all dream of being with him some day.   Rusty was Bond 119 and I was Bond 118.


08/29/23 04:57 PM #6    

James M. (Mike) Wade #112

Rusty was a Brother and dear friend also a fellow veteran who served his country with honor. I know Rusty has gone to greener pastures. In the words of a Toby Keith song "I'm not crying for you I'm crying for me".  Miss you Brother Compton!

08/30/23 04:56 PM #7    

Jerry Russell #196

After years of hearing about Rusty Compton, I finally met him last year at a Phi Delt function at SFA. In a weekend, felt as if I had known him all along. 
Sorry I want spend more time with Rusty. 


Jerry Russell 

08/31/23 11:25 AM #8    

Robert L Leboeuf #84

So sad to hear that another good friend and brother has joined the Chapter Grand.  Rusty was a good guy......a brother Phi and Marine.  He will be missed.  

Robert LeBoeuf #84

08/31/23 12:12 PM #9    

Craig Moritz #432

Really enjoyed meeting and visiting with him last year as the Phi Delts were getting back together.  Just a great guy!

09/01/23 11:59 AM #10    

Paul Poston, Jr. #82

So many good memories of our days at SFA and as Phi Delts.  Such quality guys, and Rusty was a good example of that.  While we all march so fast now toward the Chapter Grand , it seems as if it was such a short time ago that we were carefree, creating memories, and enjoying our brotherhood.  See you soon, Rusty.  Paul

09/02/23 05:42 PM #11    

Kenton E. (Ken) Schaefer #140

God bless Rusty and his family. YITB Ken Schaefer #140.

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