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Austin James Rusch

August 10, 1994 ~ May 19, 2021 (age 26)


Austin James Rusch, 26, of Petrolia, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Austin was born in Pittsburgh on August 10, 1994.  He was the son of Matthew D. Leasher and Jill D. Rusch.

He was 2012 graduate of Karns City Area High School and had been employed in the construction industry.  Austin enjoyed Parkour, riding his dirt bike, and spending time with his daughter and siblings.  In his earlier years, he had attended the Crisswell Bible Baptist Church.

Surviving are his parents, Jill D. Rusch of Cranberry and Matthew D. and Erin L. McGarrity Leasher of Petrolia; his daughter, who loved and adored him, Maci Elise Rusch, and Macie’s mother, Janelle Hall; his siblings, Tanner J. and Chloe E. Leasher of Petrolia and Landon I. Luffy of Overland Park, KS; his maternal grandparents, Larry and Barbara Rusch of Cranberry; his paternal grandparents, Larry and Carol Ann Leasher of Monroeville and Brian and Joyce Dakin of Volant; his maternal step grandparents, Dave and Pam McGarrity of Akron, OH, as well as a number of loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal step grandmother, Raylene Saceric.

Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hile Funeral Home of Karns City.  Memorial contributions in Austin’s memory may be made to your local volunteer fire department or ambulance service.  Condolences may be sent by visiting

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