Clifford O. Rudie, 87, Auburndale, died on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Auburndale with Rev. Peter Raj officiating. Burial will take place in Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery, Auburndale.
Clifford was born on the Rudie farm on August 14, 1925 in Auburndale to Ole and Ragna (Olson) Rudie where he lived most of his life. He married Rita A. Fleischman on July 28, 1956 in Spencer.
He enjoyed painting, auctions, garage sales and playing pool. He was an avid accordion player, often wearing his hat and dark sunglasses with a drum set in front of him so his feet would not be left out when the music flowed through him and us. He enjoyed playing with Isiah, Mae and Bobby and playing blocks and sitting and kneeling and sharing with tender, young imaginations. He also loved to play cards (schmear and spoons), enjoyed westerns, polkas and dancing. He loved herring and his favorite food was pie. He mixed beverages - coffee and wine. He sometimes carried an emergency potato in his pocket along with his pliers and a lighter. He would let the grandkids put bows in his hair. He loved playing with dogs and feeding the cats. He was an artist. He drew on life and produced some wonderful individuals, who in turn, draw on the genetic gifts and tendencies he passed down to us. He could draw cartoons at the drop of the hat; something we all watched in wonder as his tiny, tiny pencil in his thick, strong fingers produced joy for us.
Some recollection from kids and family who were fortunate enough to have such memories: If you had plenty, and it didn't matter what it was, and you offered some to dad, he would only request a half serving. This, mind you, after a slight mulling that always ended in the same answer. When he was visiting family in Florida he got stuck in the elevator at the airport and actually enjoyed it, coming out with his hands open and laughing. At the Rudie household "Whoo" was the telephone greeting; a favorite response that let us know dad was around. He used to wake his niece and nephew up in the morning saying "wake up fellers!" while playing his accordion. A favorite memory was baling hay with him. I would get the truck drivers to honk their horns as they drive by and daddy would look at me and we would both crack up laughing. I was 7 years old at the time and my cow "Chubby" was going to give birth. Dad woke me at 4am and we walked out to the pasture so I could witness the birth as he held the flashlight. He did this because he knew it was important to me.
This was our father, grandfather, our uncle, and husband. He was a good man, he did well with his life and gave us a chance to do well also. Along the way he taught us that nature was rounded out with hard work and shared with friends and family. He will be missed. He is loved.
He is survived by his wife, Rita and their children, Faye (Patrick) Fracaro of Dahlonega, GA, Jeffrey Rudie of Vesper, Glen (Cindy) Rudie of Auburndale, Kevin Rudie of Auburndale, Shaun Rudie, Jacquelyn (John) Holland, all of Tampa, FL, LaDon Rudie of Auburndale, Rhonda (Shane) Fischer of Riverview, FL, and Sonja Ligue of Milladore. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 1 expected great grandchild.
Those who passed before him were his parents, and Ralph, Grace, Harry, Roy, Gladys, Bill and Anna May.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com