2013-07-11 / Obituaries

Robert ‘Bob’ Rudzik

Robert "Bob" Leon Rudzik passed away July 6, at his home in Mariposa. He was born to John and Guyla Rudzik on July 17, 1932 in Utica, Kan.

At the age of 18, Bob joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War as an airplane crew captain. During his last year in the Navy, Bob was stationed in San Diego. It was there that he met the love of his life, Marilyn. They were married April 30, 1955. Bob attended the University of Southern California and graduated from the school of engineering. He worked for the Southern California Gas Company for 38 years and had many titles, from general manager, division engineer, and vice president in transmissions and coal gasification.

Bob and Marilyn retired to Mariposa in 1994 and built their retirement dream home. Bob's definition of retirement was to immediately get involved in the Mariposa community. He applied and was accepted to be a planning commissioner for District 3 and helped form the volunteer sheriff’s organization S.C.O.P.E. Bob was elected to the John C. Fremont Healthcare District where he served on the board of trustees. His latest volunteer stint was as a docent at the Mariposa Museum and History Center.

Bob was a people person. His spirit was as big as his heart. Never a wallflower, he filled a room with his presence even before he entered it. He could make friends with any stranger just by striking up a friendly conversation. He loved his wife, his family, his country and his community. He was always available for advice and wisdom, always laced with his unique sense of humor. He had a particular fondness for good wine, good home cooked meals, his animals, old friends, old John Wayne westerns, USC football and any show on Fox News. Any family get-together was his greatest joy.

Bob is survived by his wife, Marilyn; and his three daughters, Jan (Hugo) Heermann, Lynn Brown and Jill (Ralph) Cuadros; two grandchildren, Melissa (Timm) and Mallory; and a great-grandchild, Beatrix. He is also survived by his siblings Ralph (Jean), Betty, and Bill (Shirley); plus nephews and nieces that he thoroughly enjoyed.

Bob was larger than life to his family and will be dearly missed each and every day.

A celebration of life for Bob will be held Sept.14 at 11 a.m., at the Mariposa Senior Center. All who loved and knew Bob are invited. Please dress casual and cool, as Bob would not have wanted it any other way.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations in Bob's name be made to the John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation, 5189 Hospital Road, Mariposa CA, or the charity of the donor’s choice. The family sends a special thank you to the staff of John C. Fremont Hospital emergency room, acute wing, home health care and hospice and to Dr. Joseph Rogers for their love and care of Bob.

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