DELAWARE - Rudy M. Schirtzinger, 87, of Delaware passed away Monday morning, March 10, 2014, at Grady Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Feb. 9, 1927, in Columbus to the late Arthur and Leona (Palmer) Schirtzinger. Rudy worked as a forklift operator with Pennwalt Chemical. A life member of Delaware Eagles he was a mechanic who could fix it all. A true all around handy man; whatever the task he possessed the self-taught knowledge to fix it. From wiring, to plumbing and carpentry he acquired the skill. He also willingly shared his knowledge with those interested.
With a passion for animals, he also enjoyed gardening and was a collector of many things, known as his treasures. Although very hard working, Rudy also enjoyed a good laugh. Always with a song in his heart, his hands were never idle, as he was happiest with some work to do. Honest and humble, he was a patient man and good provider who deeply loved his family. He will be terribly missed.
He is survived by children Frederick (Billie) Travis of Pace, Florida, Danny Schirtzinger of Delaware, Max (Tina) Schirtzinger of Ostrander, granddaughter whom he raised Tracy Travis, other grandchildren, Frederick Travis, Tony Travis, Jessica Arnett, Sieara Delcol, Mike Travis, several great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law Donna Travis, and brother James (Beulah) Schirtzinger of Sunbury.
Rudy was also preceded in death by his wife Iva "Liz" Belle (Thomas) in 1996, son Richard Travis in 2004, and an infant sister Ruth.
Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr., Delaware where services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday with Celebrant Don Lockwood officiating. Burial will follow in Green Mound Cemetery.
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