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Rusty G Wake

December 13, 1936 ~ December 30, 2020 (age 84)

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Rusty G. Wake passed away at the age of 84 on December 30th, 2020.  Rusty was born on December 13th, 1936 in Illinois to Frank Wake and Evelyn (Cook) Wake.  

Forty years ago, he made San Diego his home and worked for both San Diego County and the San Diego Zoo.  

He was preceded in death by both his parents and his older sister, Shirley Jean Ward.  He is survived by his children, Gary and Gina, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter as well as his nieces and nephews and their families. 

Although there will be no service, Rusty's ashes will be scattered in the sea near the Cabrillo National Monument that he loved to visit.  

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the San Diego Zoo in memory of Rusty Wake, San Diego Zoo, P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112 or online at

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