Billy J. Rude, 82, Boonville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the Lee's Summit Medical Center, Lee's Summit, Mo.
A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church officiated by Father Bob Duesdieker; visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Davis Funeral Chapel with a Knights of Columbus prayer service at 6 p.m., and a prayer service led by Father Bob Duesdieker at 6:15 p.m.; burial at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Pilot Grove. The family suggests contributions to the St. Peter & Paul Catholic School Endowment Fund.
Mr. Rude was born April 15, 1930, in Rocheport, Mo. He attended Rocheport schools and was a 1946 graduate of New Franklin High School. He was a resident of the Boonville and Pilot Grove area most of his adult life.
He was in the United States Army during the Korean War
. He was an engineer on the Rock Island Railroad and the Chicago & North Western Railroad for many years before he retired and was a member of the United Transportation Union. He also worked for the Boonville Police Department and the Medical Arts Pharmacy in Boonville, and was a bus driver for the Pilot Grove School District.
Mr. Rude was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, and a former member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Pilot Grove. He was a fourth degree lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Chapter 1061 in Boonville and served as grand knight from 1992 to 1994. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 266, Pilot Grove.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Geneva Rude; three brothers, Roy Rude, Carl Rude and Clyde Rude; and one sister, Ruth Coleman.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Agnes Rude, of the home, 14 nephews, 10 nieces; two brother-in-laws, Virgil Kempf, Raymore, Mo., and Donald Kempf and his wife, Virginia, Independence, Mo.; four sister-in-laws, Catherine Wessing, Pilot Grove, Lucille Stone, Sedalia, Jeanette Crump, and her husband, Dennis, Boonville; and Judith McKerlie, Independence.