Larry “Rudy” Rudebusch, age 68, of Corona, died on July 7, 2018.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank. Rev. Dr. DeVern Schwenn will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A private family inurnment will be held at the Ortley Cemetery. Music will be provided by David Veflin, vocalist. Military honors will be provided by V.V.A. Northeast SD Chapter #1054; American Legion Birch-Miller Post #9; and V.F.W. Grant County Post #3486; D.A.V. Chapter #19. Honorary bearers will be the Corona Coffee Crew. The urn bearers will be members of the V.V.A. Northeast SD Chapter #1054.
Larry Arnell Rudebusch, “Rudy”, was born on February 7, 1950, in Webster, South Dakota. He was the son of Robert Arnell and Ramona Marie (Knopf) Rudebusch. Following his high school graduation, Larry served in the United States Navy. He was enlisted into active duty on April 7, 1969. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on April 6, 1973.
Rudy returned to South Dakota. He was united in marriage with Eileen Hathaway on July 15, 1972. Rudy worked for Pollard’s International in Watertown, SD, from 1973 until 1983. He worked for Dakota Welding, Watertown Park and Rec., and at the Watertown golf course. Rudy was united in marriage with Judith Bucklin on January 31, 1992, in Sisseton, SD. He began farming near Corona in 1992, and continued until his passing.
Rudy was a referee for football and girls/boys basketball from 1973 until 1994. He was a proud member of the V.V.A. Northeast Chapter # 1054. He had a kind heart and a gentle spirit. He loved his family and cherished time spent with them. He was extremely proud of each one of them. He loved farming and took great pride in tending to his land. Rudy passed away on July 7, 2018, doing what he loved – haying.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Judi of Corona; four children: Tonya (Chris) Boykins of Wausau, WI; Eric Rudebusch of Wilmot, SD; Jennifer Bucklin of Watertown, SD; and Robbie Bucklin of Sisseton, SD; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; his mother, Ramona Rudebusch of Watertown, SD; first wife, Eileen Rudebusch of Wausau, WI; siblings: David (Donna) Rudebusch of Summit, SD; Julie (Lloyd) Kranz of Kranzburg, SD; and Bobby (Jean) Rudebusch of Wahpeton, ND. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Rudebusch; his son, Tony; siblings: Susan and Rick; and grandparents.