Earl "Rusty" Martin Sluder Jr.

June 16, 1957August 30, 2018

Earl Martin Sluder, Jr. “Rusty” was born on June 16, 1957 in Jacksonville, Florida, and passed away on August 30, 2018 at age 61. Rusty was a spiritual man, reading his bible and spiritual affirmations every day. He was charming, witty and had a generous spirit. Rusty is preceded in death by his beautiful daughter, Kelsey, who passed away in 2011, his father, Earl Sr., and his mother Joan Schwarzel. He is survived by his son Kevin, wife, Lynda (Jones), sister Sharon Green (John), and an extended family including his half-brother Martin Sluder, step-sister Patricia Sluder, step-brother, David Sluder, several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who will keep him in their hearts forever. Rusty’s memorial service will take place on September 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 5616 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Anyone who wishes to remember Rusty is welcome to attend.


24 September

Memorial Service

11:00 am

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

5616 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207


Earl "Rusty" Martin Sluder Jr.

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Melba Sluder

September 13, 2018

Rusty I will never forget your beautiful smile. You never met a stranger and you had the BIGGEST HEART ever. I remember the first time I met you. I was a teenager and at that time I was dating your Uncle Gary. You were this very handsome red headed young man. So full of Life. You were the great fisherman....How you loved to fish. I know you are now celebrating with your beautiful daughter and the many others who have gone before you... THERE WILL BE NO MORE PAIN NO MORE SUFFERING....LOVE YOU MY SWEET HANDSOME NEPHEW.... HUGS AND KISSES💞💞💞💞🙏🙏🙏

Leisa Jones

September 12, 2018

I met you twenty eight years ago on my first trip to San Francisco. Little did I know how important you'd be to Will and I. You were more than a brother in law, you were a brother we never had. When Kelsey died, I stood in the back yard and let you cry and loved you with my big generous heart, even though mine was broken too. Something you and I had in common. Today I sit and write this, and I have no Rusty to console me, or give me advice. I have a hole in my heart instead. Yet as I write this I sit in your room. Four years ago, Will and I purchased a fixer upper. When we closed, I pulled all the original 1977 wallpaper off in our living room, only to realize it was a bigger job than I expected. We called you and you said-" look man, let me tell you what you need to do."- and gave us step by step instructions to fix my mess. Four days later, our living room was beautiful- all because of you. This home is what it is today because of the people I love. My kids did all the work, and followed your instructions to a T. As long as we own it, we have a part of you, so I am making sure it's never sold. My kids know that it will always remain the family- until it crumbles. It's their legacy, because of your love. --

It is my hope that you and Kelsey are happy together in your new life.

Leisa, Will, Cam, Tristan, Elise, and Lulu Jones


September 6, 2018

To put into words what you meant to me is somewhat impossible. For you.....My Precious Brother.......were a piece of my heart!!!
Growing up together .............we held onto each other to make it to adulthood. Memories flood my mind and heart of laughter, struggles and togetherness.
You are gone and I cannot say goodbye. You are gone and I do not have anyone to talk football. You are gone and I will never have anyone to compliment me the way you always did. I will forever miss your phone calls and texts where you always said " Hey Baby"!
I am so very thankful early in life you accepted Christ and that I have confidence you are in Heaven. I look forward to seeing you again one day! I am so happy your days of suffering are over and that you have a perfect body now. Hugs, Kisses and Deepest Appreciation for the Brother you were to me! Your Sister Sharon