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Ronald James Rudy — Nov. 28, 1932-Oct. 3, 2013

Modified: Thursday, Oct 10th, 2013


Ronald James Rudy


Ronald James Rudy of Green River passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at the Castle Rock Convalescent Center. Ronald was 80 years old when he passed away with his family by his side following a lengthy illness. 

Ron was born on Nov. 28, 1932 in Ogden, Utah, to Keith Max Rudy and Wanda R. Baker Rudy.  Raised in rural Idaho, Ron grew up learning the value of hard work from his Baker uncles.   He married Lou Hunter in Elko, Nevada on March 8, 1949.  Ron and Lou made their home in the Oakley, Idaho area working for Anderson Brother Farms and Mack Martin.  Their first five children—James (Jim), Thomas (Tom), Lou Ann, Wade, and Eric—were born during this time. 

In 1967, Ron took a job driving truck for Hatchco and the family moved to Mountain View, and daughters Ronda and Trina were born while living in there.  During this time Ron worked for Allied Chemical.  In 1974, Ron and his family moved to Kemmerer, where he was employed as a heavy equipment operator at the FMC Skull Point mine. 

During this time Ron 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, passed away on May 12, 1996.

On July 14, 1997 Ron married Josephine L. Lowham in Elko, Nevada and moved to Green River, where he became a regular walking the indoor track at the Green River Recreation Center. The couple shared a love for dancing and enjoyed many an evening dancing at the senior centers in Green River and Rock Springs.

Ron 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. 

Ron 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.  Known for his work ethic, his children and grandchildren were taught the value of hard work.  He loved his animals, fried chicken and minced meat pie, but not necessarily in that order.

Ron's final years were spent in the Castle Rock Convalescent Center in Green River enjoying the social interaction and the care of the center.  The family would like to recognize and express their appreciation of the excellent care he received.

Ron is survived by his wife, Josephine Rudy, of Green River; daughter in-law Rose Rudy of Green River, wife of the late James Rudy; three sons, including Thomas Rudy and wife Marilyn of Mountain View, Wade Rudy and wife Roxanne of Diamondville, and  Eric Rudy and wife Bobbee  of  Kemmerer; his three daughters, Lou Ann Rudy of Henderson, Nevada, Ronda Deason and husband Larry of Rigby, Idaho, and Trina Batista and husband Stacy of Riverton;

Ron is survived by his two step-daughters, Christine Hutchings of Denver, Colo. and Cindy Majhanovich and husband Mike of Rock Springs. Lastly, he is also survived by 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, his first wife, Lou Rudy, son James Edward Rudy and grandson Clay Clifford.

A memorial service will be held on Oct. 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the South Lincoln Training and Event Center, 220 State Highway 233, Kemmerer, Wyoming.

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