Raymond Richard Rudd, 90
Raymond Richard Rudd, 90, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, passed away at his home surrounded by the love of his family on Feb. 6, 2018. He was born on Jan. 24, 1928, in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo. Ray was the son of Oscar and Marie (Haggerty) Rudd.
Raymond’s family moved from Nebraska to the Ontario, Ore., area when he was a young boy where he and his brothers had many adventures exploring the Snake River. The family moved to La Grande, Ore., when he was a young man, where he met and married the love of his life, Rita Crader, on Easter day, April 9, 1950. Together they raised four children. They had 61 wonderful years together until Rita passed away in 2011.
Raymond enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 at the young age of 17. He served on the aircraft carrier USS Saidor CVE 117 during World War II in the Aleutians Islands. He received an honorable discharge in 1947. He was very proud to have served his country.
After leaving the Navy, he hitchhiked back to the Rudd family homestead in Nebraska to see his granddad and uncles who were still living there.
He worked on a ranch in Oregon and became a pretty good cowboy. He spoke of those days often.
Raymond and Rita moved to Kellogg, Idaho, in 1950, where he worked at the Sunshine Mine for 37 years.
He retired from the mine in 1986. Ray and Rita moved to the Beyond Hope Peninsula in Idaho where they spent the next 15 years enjoying life, friends and family. He worked at the resort for many years as a caretaker.
Raymond was an avid fisherman for many years and caught more than his fair share from Lake Pend Oreille. He also had a green thumb and was the envy of his neighbors with his beautiful flower garden, especially his gladiolas, dahlias, roses and sunflowers.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and they all loved him. He had a big heart and loved children. His grandkids always wanted to go see Gramps.
In 2001 Ray moved to Coeur d’Alene due to health issues, but always missed Beyond Hope.
Raymond will be missed by all that knew him.
Raymond is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Jock) Brown of Osburn; son Scott (Kay) Rudd of Spokane, Wash., son-in-law Robin Aga of Osburn; brothers Wally (Marilyn) Rudd of Cove, Ore., Jack (Patty) Rudd of La Grande; sister Virginia Cassingham of Redding, Calif.; grandchildren Jamie (Lisa) Waldvogel of Coeur d’Alene, Ryan (Bridget) Waldvogel of Coeur d’Alene, Dustin (Rae’Lynn) Howell of Osburn, Eric (Rebecca) Howell of Kellogg and Stacy Easley Rudd of Spokane; 10 great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Raymond was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rita Rudd; daughter Rhonda Aga; son Larry Rudd; sister Marjorie Birchmier; two brothers, Lee Rudd and Orland Rudd; his parents, Oscar and Marie Rudd and great-grandson Dylan Rudd.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Yates Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of final arrangements. Please visit Raymond’s memorial and sign his online guestbook www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.