Garrett Alden Rusmiselle

Garrett Alden Rusmiselle was born on February 23, 1931, in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. He attended seminary school in Chicago, IL, and Bridgewater, Virginia. Garrett joined the United States Navy, helping to man the USS Lake Champlain (CV-39, CVA-39, SVS 39) during the Korean War. 

After his time in the US Navy, a friend set Garrett on a blind date. The date went well; he fell in love and married Martha Johnston, the love of his life. They were married for almost six decades. Together, they had three children: Glenn, John, and Becky. 

Garrett had a prolific career as an electrician for the C&O railroad. Later, he changed careers and, together with Martha, built up a residential real estate rental business, one house restoration at a time. Garrett toured the world twice, once with the US Navy and then again with Martha. 

He and Martha had a wonderful life, enjoying family and friends. They were quite the cardsharps, playing bridge with different groups around the peninsula. 

Garrett took his final breath on July 4, 2024, in the presence of family. 

Garrett is survived by his children, Glenn Rusmiselle (Newport News, VA) and Becky Holland (Hampton, VA), and Daughter in law Lisa Rooks Rusmiselle (Lebanon, OH); his grandchildren, Edward Tillman and wife Cathrine Tillman (Seaford, VA), William Holland (Hampton, VA), Samuel Rusmiselle (New Paris, OH), Jacob Rusmiselle (Boise, ID) and Brice Rusmiselle (Lebanon, OH); his great-grandsons Charlie Brosius, Auston Tillman, and Gabriel Tillman; his three sisters, Joyce Glaze, Marilyn Dellinger and Millie Webb. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Rusmiselle and Mary Kiser, his beloved wife, Martha Johnston Rusmiselle, and son John Rusmiselle.


  1. Pat Liquori

    Garrett was my deceased husband’s tablemate in Memory Care for a year. It is nice that they both can communicate with each other now. God bless an especially kind gentleman.

  2. Becky Holland

    Garrett Alden Rusmiselle’s Service will be Friday, july 12, 6 pm at the Peninsula Funeral Home also to be broadcast on their website. Dress as you are comfortable. I think dad would want a celebration rather than a dirge.

    Saturday, 11am interment in Emanuel Church of the Brethren MT Solon. No service, witness only. Lisa and I will witness his internment but do not plan a service graveside. Others are welcome to attend and speak if felt led.

  3. Bud Hurst

    I met Garrett and Martha at the Peninsula Bridge Club when I was a beginning duplicate bridge player.

    Both were so welcoming and were very good bridge players.

    I am very sorry to learn of Garrett’s passing but I am sure that Martha and he can now resume their sharp card playing.

    My condolences to all of the family members.

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