William A. Rusick

William A. Rusick, 51, of Shiloh, IL, born September 20, 1957 in Granite City, IL died October 17, 2008 at his residence.

Bill was a tennis professional who touched many lives. A five-time men's tennis All-American, he was part of SIUE's first two national championship teams in 1978 and 1979. In the national championship seasons, he earned singles and doubles All-American honors. He and his teammates made up the most dominating dynasty at SIUE to date; he was inducted into the SIUE Tennis Hall of Fame in August, 2006. He coached the McKendree men's tennis team from 2003 through this fall, 2008. His fighting spirit carried him through his cancer battle off the court, but this opponent proved to be too tough to beat.

Through the world of tennis, Billy made lasting friendships with countless people, many of whom were more like family. These people not only looked up to him because of his ability on the court, but more importantly because of the person he exemplified. His compassion and concern for others was abundantly evident in every relationship he established.

Many lessons were taught on those tennis courts, lessons of courage, support and a drive to be a best you can be. He leaves behind hundreds of people whose lives have been enriched by these lessons and who, in turn, will pass them on to their children and grandchildren with Billy fondly in memory...his legacy will live on. With a smile and a warm heart, we also remember Billy's love of shopping, his smile and the way he made us all laugh.

He is preceded in death by:

  • Mother: Violet nee Hutchings Rusick
  • Father: Anthony Rusick
  • Brother: Michael Rusick
He is survived by:
  • Wife: Christine Rusick
  • Step-son: Chris McMillin and
  • Step-daughter: Lindsay (John) Costello
  • Aunts, uncles, and many cousins
  • Dr.and Mrs. Kenneth Hillmer
Memorials: Billy's Family, Family Hospice, or Holy Trinity Catholic Church Building Fund.

Visitation: Friends may call 8-10am, Saturday, October 25, 2008 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL 62208.

Funeral: A Memorial Mass will be held 10:00am, Saturday, October 25, 2008 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.