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Thomas T. Rudd, 88, of South Whitley, passed away at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 6, 1926, in Culver, the son of Maurice Henry and Lois Isabelle (Todd) Rudd.
Tom graduation from South Whitley High School with the Class of 1944 and went on to attend Butler University.
He served with the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II from 1944 and was discharged in 1946.
He married Lulu Caroline Myers on Dec. 27, 1946, in South Whitley. He owned and operated Myers and Ruddâ€™s Friendly Service Station, downtown South Whitley, for 47 years.
He was a member of South Whitley United Methodist Church, Columbia City American Legion Post #98, I.O.O.F Lodge and the South Whitley V.F.W. Tom also proudly served on the South Whitley Town Board for more than 20 years.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lulu C. Rudd of South Whitley; sons, David Rudd and John (Darlene) Rudd both of South Whitley; daughters, Cheryl Wright and Jane (Les) Cripe, both of South Whitley; six grandchildren including, Susan, Tom, Todd, Caroline, Donelda and Ashley; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Virginia Lee Purkey; son-in-law, Donald Wright; granddaughter, Mary Beth Wright; and grandson, James Cripe.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley. Chaplain Forrest Tabor from Heartland Hospice will be officiating.
Memorial donations may be given in Mr. Ruddâ€™s memory to Heartland Hospice or Riley Childrenâ€™s Foundation. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.