Memorial Day 2020

Please be patient with us.

The shutdown has caused some delays in Memorial Day delivery but we will work  as much as possible to get you or your loved ones monument there by Memorial Day.

Why choose Rust-Unger?

Rust-Unger Monuments has been in the Columbus area for over 150 years. We place monuments all over the state of Indiana, into Ohio and Kentucky.  We are dedicated to giving you the highest quality granite created specifically for you or your loved one. From the time you come in our sole focus is on creating a lasting memorial and a special experience. This is what we specialize in and what we are passionate about. We also offer a lifetime guarantee on our granite against chips or cracks and we stand behind that.


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Can't visit during business hours? We are happy to set appointments before or after regular business hours in our office or at your home. We also work easily via email

Where to find Rust-Unger Monuments

2421 E. 10th Street, Columbus, IN 47201, US

(812) 379-4151


Open today

08:30 am – 05:00 pm

 You may call or email us to set up an appointment or you may also book an appointment 

yourself through our Facebook page.

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About Us

Our History

Our Website

Our Website

James A. Cavanaugh, a native of Columbus, Indiana, returned from the Civil War and opened a monument company.  For more than twenty years, he created marble tombstones.  After his death, Michael Unger, a French immigrant and longtime employee of Cavanaugh, purchased the assets of the firm and continued the business under the name, "The Michael Unger Monument Company".

George W. Unger, Michael's son, bought the "Columbus Monument Works" in 1920 and sometime later merged it with the "Unger Monument Company" creating the "Unger Granite Works".  

The "Rust Monument Company" was founded in 1928 when three employees left George W. Unger to form the "Rust-McCoy Monument Works."  George continued in the business until 1938 when he passed it on to his son, Donald Unger.  In 1963 Donald bought the "Rust Monument Company".  

Later, A. Dale and James N. Rust became the sole owners of the headstone company.  After Donald Unger bought the "Rust Monument Company" from A. Dale Rust, he merged it with the "Unger Granite Works" and moved the gravestone company from 421 Fourth Street to its current location at 2421 East Tenth Street, renaming it  "Rust-Unger Monuments".

Since the 1960's the company has produced marble, granite and bronze headstones.  At one time, "Rust-Unger Monuments" and its predecesssors, also produced marble tabletops, fireplace surrounds and even window sills.  The company provided  commercial and custom sandblasting services into the mid 1940's.

In the mid 1970's, after serving four years in the United States Navy,  Donald Anderson and his wife, Denise, purchased "Rust-Unger Monuments" from the retiring Don Unger.  "Rust-Unger Monuments" now serves the entire state and is very proud to be a historical part of Columbus, Indiana.         

Our Website

Our Website

Our Website

As you look around our website you will see fine stone sculpting, laser etching artistry and other work all completed by our extremely talented craftsmen.  We take great care to select quality granite for our headstones, ensuring that the monument you secure from us will mark your loved one's place of rest with unfading and everlasting beauty.  Old World Craftsmanship, Artistry, many years of experience and 21st Century technology come together as we create beautiful memorials.

Navigate our website and look at the many designs, different memorial shapes and granite colors.  We add new gravestones to our inventory frequently and have only showcased some of them here.  Unique shapes can be custom crafted.  We have made numerous "One of a Kind" monuments over the many years that we have been in business.

We consider it a privilege to serve our customers and would welcome the opportunity to help you select and design a monument.  Contact us with your questions and visit one of our large displays anytime.


Business Hours

Business Hours

Business Hours

MONDAY - FRIDAY     8:30 to 5:00

SATURDAY    By appointment

              SUNDAY    By appointment               

You can email or call us to set up an appointment. You may also book an appointment yourself on our Facebook page.


Business Hours

Business Hours

Please call or email for pricing. Price of a monument depends primarily on the size, shape and color of the monument  you choose.

In-House Memorial Designing

Computer Layouts

Utilizing computer software, our in-house designer will use your ideas to build a "to scale"  layout of your memorial on a large computer screen. We have thousands of images from which to choose in creating the concept that you wish to convey.  If a specific, unique  design is required, our graphic artist can create any image that is desired.  In this way, you will be able see what the finished memorial will look like before we begin to create it.     


Adding Death Date Lettering & Monument cleaning

Contact us to have death dates, text and designs added to existing headstones, monuments and markers.

Over time the weather plays a part in your monuments overall appearance. We offer a cleaning service to go to the cemetery and clean monuments. Please call for pricing.


These Acknowledgements appeared in our local newspaper, "The Republic."

Testimonials Continued


Aaron Lee Monument

Pam Biddle

I am beyond grateful for the entire staff at Rust-Unger Monuments for their expertise, their service, their artistry, and their products.  Denise helped me every step of the way and she is exceptional!  She took a sketched drawing of mine (and I'm not an artist) to concept and then full production.  She  spent extra time with her team and with me to make certain it was perfect.  She made recommendations and gave me options.  Denise took the time to listen and understand exactly what I wanted and why.  The hardest thing to do is bury a child and then try to memorialize who your child was and Denise and the staff at Rust-Unger Monuments helped me accomplish that.  Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! I highly recommend them for your memorial needs.  Well done Rust-Unger team.


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