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Rudolf Bernhard Hoheisel, passed away Saturday, May 11 from complications of Parkinson's Disease.
Rudi was born on May 23, 1931 in New York, NY to German immigrant parents who moved back to Germany in 1939. He grew up in a small village outside Munich and at age 20 joined the United States Air Force. He was based at the Munich Air Base for his first two years and then was reposted to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; Evereaux, France; Izmir, Turkey; Sacramento, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Air Force Academy; Ramstein, Germany; Chandler, Arizona; Vietnam; and then Grand Forks, North Dakota where he retired after 22 years in the Air Force.
He was an electrical engineer by trade and after moving to Panama City, Florida in 1975, he worked for Lisenby Hospital (now Gulf Coast Medical Center) for almost 10 years before retiring a second time. He believed in self-improvement, and parlayed an 8th grade education into high school and two years of college, despite language, financial and time constraints. Rudi approached every challenge with enthusiasm, great energy, and creative problem solving. He lived to strive and loved to accomplish.
His hobbies included woodworking, model trains and fixing anything that was broken. His passion was his annual trip back to Germany and visiting family there.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Elli, who was also from Munich and shared a lifetime of adventure and travel with him.
He is survived by their only daughter, Ursula and her husband, John Radabaugh, who reside in Lakeland, Florida, his sister-in-law, Anna Hoferer, Neubiberg, Germany and his niece, Heidi, her husband Gerd and son Christian Hey, Neubiberg, Germany.
His infectious smile, wry wit and easy personality will be greatly missed.
Published in Panama City News Herald on May 15, 2013