Ronald James RudyOct 8, 2013 Staff
Ronald James Rudy died following a lengthy illness with his family by his side Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Castle Rock Convalescent Center in Green River. He was 80 years old.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the South Lincoln Training and Events Center, 220 State Highway 233, Kemmerer.
Ronald James Rudy was born Nov. 28, 1932, in Ogden, Utah, the son of Keith Max Rudy and Wanda R. Baker Rudy.
He grew up in rural Idaho and learned the value of hard work from his Baker uncles.
On March 8, 1949, he married Lou Hunter in Elko, Nev. They made their home in the Oakley, Idaho, area working for Anderson Brother Farms and Mack Martin.
In 1967, Mr. Rudy took a job driving truck for Hatchco and the family moved to Mountain View. He also worked for Allied Chemical.
In 1974, the family moved to Kemmerer where Mr. Rudy was employed as a heavy equipment operator at the FMC Skull Point mine. He purchased 40 acres outside of town and split time living in town and on his acreage taking care of trees, animals and equipment.
He retired in 1996. His wife, Lou, died May 12, 1996.
On July 14, 1997, he married Josephine L. Lowham in Elko, Nev., and they moved to Green River where he became a regular at the Green River Recreation Center, walking the indoor track. They shared a love for dancing and enjoyed many evening dances at the senior centers in Green River and Rock Springs.
Mr. Rudy was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Kemmerer and the United Mine Workers of America.
His final years were spent in the Castle Rock Convalescent Center in Green River enjoying the social interaction and the care of the center.
His family said he enjoyed working on his ranch and always had something new to show a visitor when they made the trip out to visit. He was proud of and dearly loved his children and grandchildren who also were taught the value of hard work. He also loved his animals, fried chicken and mince meat pie, but not necessarily in that order.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine Rudy, of Green River; daughter-in-law Rose Rudy of Green River; sons Thomas Rudy and his wife Marilyn of Mountain View, Wade Rudy and his wife Roxanne of Diamondville, and Eric Rudy and his wife Bobbee of Kemmerer; daughters Lou Ann Rudy of Henderson, Nev., Ronda Deason and her husband Larry of Rigby, Idaho, and Trina Batista and her husband Stacy of Riverton; step-daughters Christine Hutchings of Denver and Cindy Majhanovich and her husband Mike of Rock Springs; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; five step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lou Rudy; son James Edward Rudy; and grandson Clay Clifford.