May 22, 1922 - Dec. 15, 2013
Walnut Creek, CA
Howard Rudiger passed away on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 after a brief illness. He was an inspiration to many, never letting his ailments slow him down. Whether you knew him for 10 minutes or a lifetime, you were touched by his positive attitude and gentle spirit. Howard will be missed but he left a rich legacy.
While Howard was not defined by the things he accomplished in this life, he accomplished and overcame much in his 91 years. A San Francisco native, Howard moved to Oakland as a child and joined the Army at 19 to serve in World War II. After an injury during training, Howard spent nearly a year in the hospital and joined the family business after his discharge. It was there he met his beloved Gene.
In 1949 Howard and Gene moved to Walnut Creek where they raised their son and daughter. After 27 years with Rudiger-Lang Company, he was ready for a change and formed Sun Valley Personnel Agency. Howard formed many lifelong friendships from each of these careers.
In retirement Howard remained quite active. He helped start The Wellness Community and volunteered at Ruth Bancroft Gardens and The Lesher Center.
Howard had a curiosity and love for learning and explored the far reaches of this world to learn about the cultures and habitats of the places he explored. He had a genuine interest in the lives of those he came in contact with and treated everyone as if they were a part of his family.
Howard was loved immensely by all those around him. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Gene and his sister Marian. He is survived in this life by his son Wayne Rudiger and daughter Pat Emery, 3 granddaughters and 6 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held in the Garden Room at Scott's Seafood Restaurant, 1333 N California Blvd, Walnut Creek at 1:00 on Sunday, January 19, 2014.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to The Ruth Bancroft Gardens, 1552 Bancroft Rd, W.C., CA 94598.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 3, 2014