July 25, 1939 ó Feb. 3, 2017
Herbert "Herb" Rudolf, 77, went to his eternal home in the arms of the Lord, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Ivy Manor in West Bend.
He was born July 25, 1939, in Milwaukee to Joseph and Erna (nee Reinecke) Rudolf. Herb graduated from Custer High School and joined the Air Force Reserves in 1957 through 1965. He married the love of his life Dorothy "Dotti" (nee Taylor) Rudolf on June 20, 1959. He graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Technology in 1960 with a mechanical design engineering degree. He was a fluid power engineer with C.L. Thompson and SMC.
Herb was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Experimental Aircraft Association and became a member of the Warbirds, and founded Healing and Prison Ministries at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in West Bend. He was a founding member of the Living Word Lutheran High School Board. Herbís hobbies included hunting, landscaping, antiquing, architecture, cooking, aircraft, firearms and automobiles. He spent much time attending his childrenís and grandchildrenís activities. He enjoyed long rides in his Mustang convertible and had a great love for animals.
Herb is survived by his children, Robin (Randall) Abel, Wendy (John) Spartz, Lisa (David) Kaehny, Daniel (Cheryl) Rudolf and Pete (Peggy) Rudolf, all of West Bend; grandchildren, Mitchell (Katie) and Arianna Abel, Aly and Drew Spartz, Erin (Steven) Ruplinger, Daniel, Megan and Natalie Kaehny, Trisha (Jay) Valind, Katelyn (Jake) Larson, Lexi (Nate) Jensen, Macki (Tim Schweiger) and Christian Rudolf, and Jacob and Alex Rudolf; great-grandchildren, Morgan and Leah Ruplinger, Rylee Valind, Bailey Larson and Kinsley Jensen; sisters, Elisabeth "Liz" Zaupa and Edith "Edie" (Bob) Hahn; and brothers-in-law, Denny (Mary) Taylor and Terry Taylor. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Herbert is preceded in death by his wife, Dotti; parents; mother-in-law, Clara Taylor, and father-in-law, Daniel Taylor; sisters-in-law, Jean Taylor and Kathe Taylor; brother-in-law, Al Zaupa; and nephew, John Zaupa.
A funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church (809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend, WI 53095) with the Rev.
Jeff Dorth presiding. Visitation will be at church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service (12:30 p.m.). Military Honors to follow service.
Interment to follow at Washington County Memorial Park. Memorials are appreciated to the Care Ministry of St. Johnís Lutheran Church.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Serenity Hospice, especially Connie and Tracy for their love and compassion, the loving care given by Ivy Manor in West Bend, Silver Springs of Germantown, and the lay ministry and pastoral staff from St. Johnís Lutheran Church for all the care, compassion and support they provided Herb and his family.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: