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Stephen "Steve" A Rudolph, Jr.

Bellingham, Washington

Formerly of St. Cloud

July 9, 1939 - July 26, 2013


Stephen "Steve" A.Rudolph, Jr died unexpectedly on July 26, 2013.   He lived in the Bellingham, Washington area for the past 40 years.  Steve was a Navy and Army Veteran. He spent the last years of his military enlistment doing intelligence work for the Army.


Steve was born and grew up in St. Cloud, MN attending St. Augustine's Catholic School and Cathedral High School. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Morehead State University with degrees in microbiology, food science and technology.  Shortly after he moved to Washington, his fiancée died in a car accident.  For 29 years Steve worked for the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in dairy product inspection and purchasing.  He retired in 1999. 


Steve was an avid outdoors man spending much leisure time in the forests, on waterways and on the mountains of Washington and Southwestern Canada. His sail-boating experiences on Puget Sound, bow and arrow hunting and camping adventures were numerous and memorable. He was a happy, self-confident, humble person, and in the Rudolph tradition, very independent. 


One of Steve's greatest indoor pleasures was folk dancing and socializing with the members of the folk dancing clubs.  He took great pride in wearing his folk dancing costumes and being a caller at the folk dancing gatherings. He attended many local and national folk dancing conventions. He enjoyed that activity until recently when his leg amputation prevented him from continuing.


Steve also developed great skill as a gourmet cook and brewer of wine. Blackberry wine was his specialty.  He enjoyed cooking and talking about tasty foods, flavors, herbs and healthy ingredients.  He took good care of his health.  He died in his kitchen with his cookbooks spread out on the kitchen counter. 


Steve was always ready for a lively discussion especially on: current events, politics, healthcare, the economy, investments, the Minnesota Vikings or the Seattle Seahawks. Though he was not one to argue, he was known for ending discussions with a clever, humorous comment like, "It is okay for you to have the wrong opinion."  Steve lived very simply and held firmly to his principle that "I will not be a slave to my possessions."


Many charitable organizations benefitted from Steve's generosity.  He was a very caring person and had a special place in his heart for those in need.  He made regular contributions to local and national charities, such as: Boys Town, St Joseph Indian School, The Diabetes Society, , The Special Olympics, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, , Franciscan Friars of Atonement, , , Highland Care Center  of  St. Labre Indian School, Catholic Relief Services, Southwest Indian Children's Fund, Catholic Medical Mission Board, Red Cloud Indian School, St Joseph's Indian School, Whatcom Volunteer Center, KTCS9 Public Television, Medic One Foundation, University of Minnesota Alumni Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, The SMILE Train, The Cathedral Fund,  United States Olympic Committee, Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation, Disabled American Veterans and The American Legion.  His social conscience will be missed.


Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen A. Rudolph, Sr. and Gertrude B. Weitzel-Rudolph-Adams and his sister, Juliana (Perry) Burke of St. Louis, MO.  He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Steve(Patricia) Payne, Post Falls, ID; Charlotte "Char" Gromberg, St. Cloud, MN; Sr. Susan Rudolph, OSB, St. Joseph, MN;  Aloysius "Al" (Ruth) Rudolph, Logansport, IN;  Bertha "Bebe" (Dave) Huberty, St Cloud, MN;  Francella "Fran" (Tony) Schmitz, Kimball, MN;  Joan (Jack) Kain, Onamia, MN;  Francis "Frank" (Laura) Rudolph, Webster, MN;  William "Bill" (Madeline) Rudolph, St. Joseph, MN;  Frederick "Fred" (Jan) Rudolph, St. Cloud, MN and Rosella "Rose" (Terry) Dickinson, Biwabik, MN, 36 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.


"Steve, you left us too quickly.  We love you and miss you.   Our consolation is our faith that we give you to our loving God into a new life that knows only peace and joy.  We cherish your unseen presence and memories, until we meet again."    


The Funeral Mass for Steve will be at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in East St. Cloud, MN on May 7, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will follow at the East St Cloud VFW and internment at the Veteran's Cemetery in Little Falls, MN. Memorials may be given to any of the charities listed above.

Published in the St. Cloud Times on May 4, 2014
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