Rudolph "Rudy" Baptist, 85, of Wausau passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born October 21, 1928 in Wausau to the late Otto and Elizabeth (Bartz) Baptist. Rudy was a wonderful husband, dad and grandpa. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army. He attended North Central Technical College to become an electrician. While working at Marathon Electric, he met the love of his life, Beverly Russ, who also worked there. Rudy and Bev were married on July 26, 1952 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Wausau where they are members. Rudy enjoyed his job and also worked at Norberg Electric, Raybern Electric, Crescent Electric and Systems Technology retiring at the age of 72. He had the mechanical ability to fix just about anything and would help anyone in need. Some of his past times included pitching horseshoes, deer and grouse hunting and fishing during the summer or winter for anything that would bite.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly of Wausau, three children, Renee (Paul) Waliczek of Merrill, Randy (Joan) Baptist of Wausau, Robin (Kevin) Lubecke of Wausau, nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, twin brother, Werner (Theresa) Baptist of Wausau and his sister, Anne Baptist of Wausau. Rudy was preceded in death by a brother, Hans "Lefty" Baptist.
Memorial services will be held at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, March 31st at Memorial Chapel Mausoleum at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Reverend Robert Edwards of Our Savior's Lutheran Church will officiate. The American Legion Montgomery Plant Post #10 will provide full military honors following the service. Visitation will begin at 1;00 p.m. Monday at Restlawn Chapel. You may sign our family guest book at helke.com.
Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service
302 Spruce St Wausau, WI 54401
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Mar. 30, 2014