PIQUA - James T. Rudd Jr., 64, of Piqua, Ohio, went to be with his Lord at 11:37 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy.
He was born in Pahokee, Fla., on Nov. 18, 1948, to the late James T. and Patricia (Allen) Rudd Sr.
On July 10, 1970, in Clewiston, Fla., he married Jane Miller. She survives.
Jim also is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Susan Rudd of Piqua; one daughter and son-in-law, Jodi and Ben Holtvogt of Piqua; one sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Wayne Johnson of Clewiston, Fla.; two brothers, Frankie Rudd and Wren Rudd of Clewiston, Fla.; and five grandchildren, Abigayle, Trenton, Braden, Ryder and Carson.
Jim graduated from Clewiston High School in 1966. He then graduated from Jacksonville Tech and Bell & Howell with degrees in electrical engineering and drafting.
Jim was an active member of Piqua Baptist Church, Piqua, for more than 38 years.
He served as chairman of deacons and trustees and a men's Sunday school teacher.
Jim also was a coach for the Piqua Baseball and Youth Softball Association for 13 years and a youth wrestling coach for six years.
He was a long time member of the former B. P. O. E. (Elks) No. 523 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 614.
Jim was a staking engineer for Pioneer Rural Electric, Piqua, for 32 years. He retired in 2007.
Jim proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army 173D Airborne Brigade as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War. He received a purple heart for his bravery in action.
Jim actively supported the Piqua Young Life, Piqua, and Operation Rebirth in St. Paris.
He loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. Jim loved playing on the computer, usually playing games with his grandchildren.
A Celebration of Jim's Life will be at 11 am. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Piqua Baptist Church, Piqua, with the Rev. Donald Wells officiating. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Piqua Baptist Church Deacon Fund, 1402 W. High St., Piqua, OH 45356; or the charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.