Robsel, Rudolph L. "Rudy"
Mar. 11, 1918 - May 6, 2013
Rudolph L. Robsel "Rudy", age 95, of Sarasota passed away on May 6, 2013 of natural causes. Mr. Robsel was born on March 11, 1918 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to parents John and Rosalia Robsel. Soon after his birth, Rudy's mother became ill. Unable to care for Rudy and his two siblings, his father, John agreed to let his friends; John and Theresa Droginic take nine month old Rudy into their home. Rudy lived with the Drognics and their two daughters, Emily and Lucy until he was 18 years old. At that time, he joined the US Coast Guard. Rudolph served in the US Coast Guard during World War II
from 1940-1946. As Radioman, First Class, he served abroad in Europe and the South Pacific, and stateside in Alaska and Hawaii, earning numerous ribbons and two Bronze Stars
. Following his honorable discharge, he transferred his skills as a radioman to the civilian sector as an air traffic controller. He worked in La Grange, Georgia and Spartanburg, South Carolina before moving to Sarasota in 1960 where he worked at the Sarasota-Bradenton airport. Mr. Robsel's career with the Federal Aviation Agency spanned more than thirty years. Following his retirement, he continued to enjoy sports and was an avid Florida Gator fan. He could often be found swimming early morning laps at the local YMCA. He appreciated music, especially opera, and was an avid animal lover. Mr. Robsel is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dora Anna Robsel of Sarasota; his children Gay Wasik-Zegel of St. Petersburg, Rudolph Robsel, Jr. of Sarasota, and Anna Robsel of Sarasota; and his three grandchildren Evan Erickson of Denver, Mallory Wasik of Zepyrhills, and Armand Robsel of Sarasota. A memorial service will be held for Mr. Robsel at 1:00 pm on May 29, 2013 at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, Florida 34241. Arrangements are under the care of National Cremation and Burial Society.