John Anthony Rudolph of Miami died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at his home. He was 86.
Mr. Rudolph was born Jan. 16, 1921, in Haeding, Minn., to Joseph and Frances (Walecko) Rudolph. He grew up in St. Cloud, Minn.
He served in the Quarter Master Corp of the Army during World War II. While serving in the Gilbert Islands, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged from the Army on Sept. 29, 1945.
Mr. Rudolph met his wife, Eva Freeman, while on leave in Wichita, Kan., where they were married on May 28, 1945. They then moved to a farm near Welch.
Mr. Rudolph worked for B.F. Goodrich until his retirement in 1986. He also ran a successful landscaping business throughout northeast Oklahoma. Tis family moved to Miami in 1960.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He earned an associate of arts degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and held a private pilot's license.
Mr. Rudolph was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two brothers, Ed and Joe Rudolph; on sister, Louise Underdahl and a daughter, Judith Ann.
Survivors include one daughter, Janice Sue Sells of Diamond Springs, Calif.; two grandsons, Jack Hemphill of Miami and Kyle Sells of Diamond Springs; three granddaughters, Suzie Hemphill of Miami, Erin Sells of Atlanta, Ga., and Erica Sells of Phoenix, Ariz.; four brothers, Clarence “Rudy” Rudolph of Seattle, Wash., Sylvester “Les” Rudolph of Elk River, Minn., David Rudolph and Gary Rudolph, both of Frederic, Wis.; three sisters, Dolores Mills of Miami, Frances “Fran” Grantham of Olympia, Wash., and Teresa “Terry” Malkovich of Minneapolis, Minn.; four great-grandsons, Christopher Newson of Miami, Johnny Newson of Miami and Jeremiah Hemphill of Miami and Steve Hemphill of Miami.
The family will receive friends and family for a short memorial presentation and the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami. A Catholic mass service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miami. Graveside services will follow at the Welch Cemetery.
At the conclusion of the graveside service, the Alter Society of Sacred Heart Catholic Church will host a dinner for family and friends at the parish hall.
The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Integris Regency Hospice.