Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

David Omar Rudy

Male 1932 - 2020  (88 years)


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  • Name David Omar Rudy 
    Born 9 May 1932  [1
    Gender Male 
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/240091896 
    Residence 1980  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-160603 
    Died 19 Oct 2020  [1
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I160603  Generations
    Last Modified 12 May 2024 

    Father Omar R. Rudy,   b. 9 Sep 1900, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1961, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Verna Baer,   b. 16 Oct 1903, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1984, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 24 Mar 1926  Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F6573  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Norma Irene Erb,   b. 8 Sep 1929,   d. 25 May 2022, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Last Modified 13 May 2024 
    Family ID F45787  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • David Rudy
      1932 - 2020


      With grief and with love, we announce the death of David Rudy on October 19, 2020 at St. Mary's General Hospital at age 88. Husband of Norma (Erb) for 65 years, father of Duane Rudy, Lynne Martin, and Gayle Lounsbury (Andrew Lounsbury); grandfather of Jessica Lounsbury and Erin (Lounsbury) Babury, Laura Martin, Ryan Martin and Sarah Martin, Amelia Leon-Rudy and Nathaniel Leon-Rudy; and brother-in-law to Gwen Rudy and Dorothy Erb.

      Predeceased by parents, Omar and Verna (Baer) Rudy, brother Robert Rudy, and sister Joan Scheerer, and brothers-in-law Delmar Erb and Clare Scheerer.

      Born May 9, 1932, near Winterbourne Ontario, David loved life on the family farm: milking cows, ploughing fields (with one sighted and one blind horse) and helping his family at their kiosk at Kitchener Market. In his youth he worked as a farm labourer in Carstairs, Alberta and then studied at Hesston College, where he worked as a telephone switchboard operator to pay his tuition. On his return he built concrete farm silos and, to his delight, the foundation for Chesley Lake Camp's dining hall. He worked for Reist Radio while studying electronics at DeVry and working at Gruen Funeral Home. He moved to Hallman Organs and travelled much of Canada installing and repairing organs for grateful church congregations.

      When approached in 1960 to become Director of Fairview Mennonite home, he and Norma felt God's calling. For 27 years, he was the motivating force in planning and implementing Fairview's transformation into one of Canada's first continuum of care facilities. He oversaw the building of independent living apartments, a seniors centre, and the conversion of Preston School Apartments into seniors' residences. David knew even little things affect quality of care and insisted residents receive the best ice cream and softest toilet paper available. Along with Norma and others in the Ontario Association of Non-profit Housing and Services (now known as AdvantAge Ontario) David helped transform elder care so it met the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of our parents and grandparents. David served as OANHSS President but was never one to draw attention to himself, saying "The leader is the servant to the needs of the people." Others recognized his contributions and David received the Association's 75th anniversary tribute award. He closed his working career as Administrator at St. Joseph's Home in Guelph. In his retirement he enjoyed travelling Ontario's countryside distributing Choice Books.

      David met Norma at Chesley Lake Mennonite Youth Camp in 1949 and they were married in 1955. Members of First Mennonite Church, they were asked to help seed Rockway Mennonite Church and became charter members there. While living and working at Fairview, David felt the need for a family "escape" and purchased an empty lot at Chesley Lake Camp. David built much of the family cottage himself, providing both shelter and an anchor for generations of memories. He enjoyed leading hymns at Chesley Lake Chapel, especially when Carolyn Roth accompanied on the organ. He served on the Chesley Lake Camp Board of Directors for many years, golfed for the fun of it and most importantly enjoyed fellowship over a cup of coffee and a slice of pie. He was happiest when building project, tent trailering with his family across North America or doing anything related to water skiing. He loved organ music, choral music, singing with the Menno singers, ice cream, and spending time with his 7 grandchildren. When asked how he was, he liked to say "As you see me" which was pretty much how and who he was. We'll miss him greatly.

      Funeral will be live streamed at www.erggood.com Oct 26 at 1PM. Condolences and donations may be made to St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation, or Rockway Mennonite Church, through the funeral home erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.

      "Obituary Of David Rudy | Erb & Good Family Funeral Home". 2022. Erbgood.Com. https://erbgood.com/tribute/details/15261/David-Rudy/obituary.html.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3231] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/240091896.

    2. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of Daniel R. Erb - 10 Feb 1980.

    3. [S3108] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 046174-26.
      Omar Rudy, 25, occ. Farmer, b. Waterloo Twp, res. Waterloo Twp, son of William Rudy & Rachael Reist married Verna Baer, 22, b. Wilmot Twp, res. Waterloo Twp, daughter of Simon Baer & Luanna Shantz, Witnessed by: Lilian Baer & Edith Shantz Both of Breslau, 24 March 1926 in Breslau

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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1980 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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