Who We Are
Pat DePugh, Founder & Owner
A Houston native, Pat has been fixing automobiles for over 20 years. He began his career in the automotive repair business at his own home in The Woodlands. He started repairing automotive air-conditioners for friends, and that soon went from a side job in his garage to his first shop in 1995. Called Absolutely Cool Automotive Air Conditioning, Pat repaired an estimated 18,000-20,000 car air conditioners over the next dozen years.
Building the business the way he wanted it allowed him to do the things he loves most. This means that much of the time you’ll find Pat head deep in advanced diagnostics, diesel engine work or air-conditioning repair.
But as busy as he stays turning wrenches, he still has time for the top priority at Rusty’s Garage – the customers. His goal is to establish a true relationship between the customer and the shop. “We cut our teeth here at Rusty’s Garage on building relationships. It’s our first priority, and it helps us be the most successful in taking care of our customers’ needs.”
Born in Lafayette, LA, Peanut (whose real name is John), started working in the same shop as his dad when he was three. The boss gave him his nickname and it stuck. Peanut moved to Texas when he was five, and graduated from McCullough High School (now The Woodlands High School). He has been married to his wife, Margaret, for 26 years, and they have three children: Johnisha (22), Marnisha (20), and John Jr. (17). And is called PaPa by his 2-year-old grandson Jayceon and granddaughter Keyonna.
Peanut has been at Rusty’s Garage almost since the beginning. However, Pat & Peanut have been working on cars together for over 23 years.
Peter was born and raised in Vineland New Jersey and relocated his wife, Kimberly and their 2 boys to Texas just a week before hurricane Harvey. Peter has always had a passion for cars since he was just a boy. He graduated from Cumberland County Technical School for Auto Repair and Maintenance and went on to work for Abel’s Auto Repair, with his father-in-law Abel as his mentor. Later, Peter decided to further his education. He began completing his ASE certifications while attending Camden County College. In May of 2017, he graduated from the automotive program with a 4.0 GPA and became an ASE Master Technician. Peter is passionate about the automotive industry and loves to continuously learn the new technology of today’s vehicles. When Peter isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his family and DJing. Peter is excited to be a part of Rusty’s Garage team and eager to provide quality service on everything from regular maintenance to advance diagnostic.
Ryan graduated with a degree in Business Management from the College of Business Administration at Sam Houston State University. Before graduation, Ryan got engaged to his lovely fiance, Meagan! After graduation, they both moved down to The Woodlands area in search of careers, which is how Ryan wound up at Rusty’s Garage, and Meagan wound up at B52 Brewing Co. in Conroe. Now that they have both dove into their careers, they plan on getting married in the early part of 2019.
Josh graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Texas Tech University. After graduation, he worked for Schlumberger as a mud logger in the Gulf of Mexico until he was accepted into a graduate program. Josh found a home at Rusty’s Garage while he finishes his Master of Geoscience in GIST degree from Texas A&M University.
Rocky is our ambassador, official greeter, tour guide, and family-friendly mascot. He says “YES” to any affection and treats, and is always happy to see you. (Just like us!)