Rudolf Ernest Gerber, 84 of Florence, Oregon passed away December 26, 2012.
Rudy was born in Bern Switzerland February 4, 1928 to Rudolf and Sophie Gerber; he was the eldest of six children. At a young age education was very important to him, which led him to pursue a degree in engineering before being enlisted in the Swiss Army. Rudy decided to travel to America upon the end of his time in the Swiss Army, at the end of WWII
. He traveled across America until he reached California. Upon arriving there he brought a ranch in Herald, California. He then met and married his lovely wife Lina, and they raised Angus cattle on his ranch together. He then served a short while in the Marines during the Korean War
. Rudy and Lina had three children together Rudy Jr., David and Angela. He worked as a millwright and constructional engineer throughout the West Coast. He built several feed and processing plants, and had Gerber & Songs Construction. He is preceded in death by his wife Lina and son Rudy. He later married Judy Thrasher and they lived in Arkansas together until they were divorced in 2010. Shortly after, he moved to Oregon to be closer to his children and grandchildren. Rudy is survived by his son David, and wife Peg. Also by his daughter Angela Lang and her husband Stan, along wit his three beautiful granddaughters Ashley, Marina and Throughout Throughout his life he collected bulls and loved metal working and welding. Rudy worked hard his entire life to provide the best for his family and will be missed dearly. Burns's Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. A graveside service will be held on Friday January 4th at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi at 2PM. Burns's Riverside
Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.