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Robert Earle "Bob" Rudolph

January 9, 1932 - November 27, 2020

Born January, 9 1932 in Portland, OR.  Passed November 27, 2020 in Portland, OR – 88 years old

Married for 67 years to Terrye (Stein) Rudolph

Survived by three sons, Matt, Steve and Jeff, 10 grandchildren and 12 great grand children

 

Parents Dr. Aaron and Jeannette (Ryan) Rudolph

 

Youngest of four siblings, Myles, Gerald, Beverley and Bob who was the last to pass.

 

Bob retired from Aris Isotoner Gloves where he was the NW Regional Sales Manager for 17 years.

 

He went to Vernon Grade school and Jefferson High School in Portland where he was big for his age at 5’11” and 170 lbs.

 

Bob was on the varsity football and baseball teams as a Freshman.

 

As a senior Bob was first team all-city and all state center and was the only junior to ever play in the Shrine Game as he was graduating early to go to Oregon to play football where he injured his knee his sophomore year and could not play any longer. In 2016 he was inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.

 

Bob enjoyed skiing with his brothers growing up and playing golf and fishing with them. He played on over 80 golf courses throughout his life and enjoyed taking his sons and grandsons golfing.

 

Bob, met Terrye in high school on a blind date at Jantzen Beach and they were married in 1951 when he was 19 and she was 20. They were married for 67 years. They enjoyed travelling often to Seattle and NY for business and loved spending time in Palm Springs in their later years.

 

Bob was accepted into Advanced Air Force ROTC and transferred from Oregon to University of Portland where he completed his BA in Education

 

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force and ordered to Laughlin AFB in Texas where he became the head of the Athletic Office where he coached or was in charge of  basketball, track, boxing, baseball and softball.

 

He was very proud of all his athletic accomplishments as well as those of his sons and grandchildren and followed them all closely as he was able to do so. He coached his sons in Little League and Babe Ruth and helped Jeff coach Pop Warner and High School football. He also was a high school football and basketball official. One of his claims to fame was coaching future two-time NL MVP and seven-time All-Star Dale Murphy in Little League and teaching him all he knows.

 

He was a workout fanatic and many of us remember his jogging around Gabriel Park, the gym at the JCC or inside the house. He and Irv Rotenberg were the self-proclaimed kings of the JCC weight room and health club and reminded people of their stature often.  He also loved playing tennis at Gabriel, especially with our dear friend Mike Gotesman who would let him win a set every now and then to keep him coming back.

 

His legacy includes twenty major surgeries and five right hip replacements, but that didn’t keep him from participating as a senior in the Huntsmen World Senior Games in his 70’s participating in swimming, diving, softball, basketball, golf, tennis and softball and garnering 25 medals in the 60-75 year age bracket which he displayed proudly on the walls of all his living quarters.

 

 

In retrospect, what a character, a competitor and a very, very proud man who lived a full life with a loving family and loved to tell you about it.

 

May he find peace in his resting place and may his memory be a blessing

 

Remembrances to:

 

Robison Health and Rehabilitation Center

https://cedarsinaipark.org

 

or

 

Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame

http://www.pilhalloffame.org/

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