WILLIAMSBURG - Rudolph Doyle Kidd, 84, of Williamsburg, passed away on April 7, 2012.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Rhea Kidd; and his son, Steve Kidd.
Rudolph devoted his life to the service of God, serving as a United Methodist Church minister for 46 years, primarily pastoring churches in the Virginia Conference, including Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church in Newport News. The Rev. Kidd was a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., earning a Master of Divinity and also attended seminary in Richmond, Va. Throughout his years of ministry, Rudolph married many couples, and baptized many children, taking great joy in baptizing his own children and grandchildren into the faith. Serving by his side was his loving wife and servant of God for 61 years, Rhea, whom he now joins for eternity. He was also a loving and devoted father to his two sons.
The Rev. Kidd was an avid vegetable gardener and in his younger years, an avid sportsman, including baseball, swimming, and basketball.
He is survived by his son, David Kidd and his wife, Judy; grandchildren, Jane and Mary; and his daughter-in-law, Eileen Kidd.
A memorial service will be held in Pearisburg, Va., later this spring.
Contributions may be made in Rudolph's honor to JDRF, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, which supports Type 1 Diabetes Research.
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