Elwood Rostyne

January 17, 1931 ~ May 4, 2021 (age 90)


Elwood Merle Rostyne, our loving father, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at home, surrounded by his immediate family and friends in Ozona, Texas. Burial will take place at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at Carthage. There will be a private celebration of our dad’s life in the Black Hills of South Dakota, on May 22 at his vacation home.

Elwood Rostyne, affectionally known as Bud, was born in Colton, South Dakota on January 17, 1931 to John and Ella (Fystro) Rostyne.  As a young boy he lived on a farm near Carthage, South Dakota. Elwood served in the army from 1952-1954 and was a radio controller in the Korean War. After returning from the army he lived in Carthage, South Dakota. 

He met and married Nancy Dee Windedahl on October 7, 1956.  They had two children, Sherry Rostyne-Sewell and Leslie Peters. 

Most of Elwood’s life was spent behind the wheel of a greyhound bus, as he logged over a million miles travelling this country.  He definitely had a passion for travel and visited every state except Hawaii. 

He met and married JoAnn Swanson on June 6, 1981. 

His travels also took him to many countries:  Africa, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Paris, Italy, Norway, Japan, Vatican City to see the Sistine Chapel, Hudson Bay to see the polar bears, He also cruised through the Panama Canal.  He traveled by bus, train, airplane, tundra bus, and automobile throughout his life. 

He is survived by his oldest daughter, Sherry Rostyne-Sewell and husband, David Sewell; his youngest daughter, Leslie Peters and husband, James.  Grandson, Jeremie Hapgood and wife, Angela, and their two sons Caleb and Cohen.  Granddaughter, Jessica Valadez, and husband, Art, and their son, Lorenzo Valadez.  Grandson Justin Carter, whom shares the love of the road like his grandfather.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and one very special niece, Louise Sandoval. 

Elwood is survived by a very special friend, R.P. Evans and his wife, Kaye.

Elwood was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Clarence, Delbert, John, Norman, Vernon, and sisters Judy and Ruby.

We would especially like to thank Interim Healthcare/Hospice for their loving care; Marivel, Marianna, Veronica, Vicki and Romie.

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