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William E. "Billy" Rudd

1940-2009 BENNINGTON William E. "Billy" Rudd, 69, husband of Judy Rudd, a life long resident of Bennington, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at Centers for Living and Rehabilitation following a long illness.

Born in Bennington Jul. 21, 1940, he was the son of the late William H. "Joe" Rudd and Marion L. Flynn Rudd.

He received his education in the local schools and was a 1958 graduate of Bennington High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. Billy later attended both Vermont Technical College and Kent State University. He also served in the Vermont National Guard.

Billy married the former Judy Ripley on Feb. 9, 1968.

In early years, he was employed locally in farming, logging and construction. He later worked in the maintenance departments at Bennington College, the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis. Since 1980, he had been employed at WCW Inc. and at the time of his death was serving as facilities administrator.

A life member of Bennington Elks Lodge 567, Billy was a long time trustee and served as Exulted Ruler in 1989 until 1990. Billy served on many state Elks committees and was elected Vermont State Elks president in 1999 to 2000.

In 1996, at the Elks National Convention in Las Vegas, Billy was one of twenty persons named from across the country as a Grand Lodge Certified Ritual Judge.

For 27 years Billy was a pitcher in various softball fast pitch leagues for teams in Bennington, Hoosick Falls and other places throughout New York and New England. Among the teams he pitched for locally were Waite's Mobile in Bennington and both Brogues Logging and the Blarney Stone in Hoosick Falls.

He was a life long fan of the New York Yankees and also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Billy was a social member of American Legion Post 13 in Bennington and St. Stanislaus Club in Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Rudd, of Bennington; three children, Michelle Rudd of Bennington, Lisa Ripley Connors of Tucson, Ariz. and Thomas J. Ripley and his wife, Wendy, of Shaftsbury; three grandchildren, Tatum Connors, Bree and Logan Ripley; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carole and Michael Nolan of Bennington and Edith and Allen Clemons of Knoxville, Tenn.; a sister-in-law, Barbara Gioia of Cresskill, N.J. and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 11 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to either Silver Towers Camp or the Bennington Rescue Squad through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

All members of Bennington Elks Lodge 567 are asked to meet at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Sunday at 4 p.m. to conduct services in memory PER William Rudd.

Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.



Published in Bennington Banner from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2009
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