CAP GIRARDEAU, Missouri (AP) – Rex Dearmont Rust, co-president of Missouri-based media company Rust Communications, has passed away. He was 52 years old.
The company’s flagship newspaper, the Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau, reported that Rust died Thursday evening after a year-long battle with cancer.
Rust grew up in Cape Girardeau and graduated from Harvard University in 1992. He worked in finance in New York, Chicago and Virginia before returning to Missouri.
In 2001, Rust and his brother, Jon K. Rust, were named co-chairmen of the company founded by their father, Gary Rust, who continued as chairman of the board. Today, Rust Communications owns more than 40 newspapers in eight states, numerous magazines and websites, and has minority stakes in 17 radio stations.
Friends and family have noted Rust’s community service. He has been a member of several community and professional organizations.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. remembers inviting Rust to play golf. He said Rust had to pass because he was on his way to a jail to provide ministry to inmates.
“As good as he was as a civic leader and businessman, and he was fantastic in those roles, he was an even better Christian,” Limbaugh said.