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Martin George Rudroff

Martin George Rudroff, age 88 of Raleigh, NC, formerly of Rich Fountain, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2012, after an extended illness. He was a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather and he will live in our hearts forever, and now rests in peace without pain with his Lord and Savior.

Martin was born on February 7, 1924, in Rich Fountain, a son to the late Martin and Margaret (Grellner) Rudroff. He was the eldest of 5 children and spent his youth on a nearby farm leading to his graduation from Sacred Heart School.

Martin served during World War II in the Army Air Corp and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves. His love of flying continued throughout his life and it was a sad day when he ""retired"" the wings of his single engine plane.

Surpassing his love of flying, was the love of his life for 67 years, Mary Agnes Gilpin, whom he met at a U.S.O. dance at the University of the Alabama in 1944 and subsequently married in 1945. Following the war, Martin served in Occupied Japan where Mary joined him and returned stateside to attend college at the University of Missouri, in Columbia earning a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Following graduation, Martin moved to Winston-Salem, NC where he began his career of 30 years as a Senior Engineer with Bell Labs. As a brilliant engineer, Martin was responsible for the development of numerous patents and inventions as well as working on classified military communications projects.

Upon retiring, Martin and Mary moved to Fairhope, Alabama where he enjoyed his sailboat, Civil Air Patrol and several volunteer community charities. During this period of their lives they were fortunate to have the opportunity to travel extensively. In 2010, a final move was made to Raleigh, NC, to be closer to family.

Martin is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Agnes Rudroff ""Aggie""; daughter, Mary Rudroff Patterson and son-in-law, Michael of Raleigh, NC; daughter Angela Rudroff Cherry and son-in-law, Edwin of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandchildren, Michael Andrew Patterson of Raleigh, NC; Brooke McLean Patterson of Austin, TX; Sarah Rushing Oglesby of Tallahassee, FL; Catherine Ann Rushing of Athens, GA; great-granddaughter Catherine Hope Oglesby of Tallahassee, FL; brothers, Linus, Lawrence, and Norbert of Linn, MO; sister, Anna Rudroff Castrop of Jefferson City, MO and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Martin was preceded in death by his daughter, Catherine Louise Rudroff and brother, Fritz Rudroff.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, October 7, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rich Fountain.

A Funeral Mass celebrating Martin's life, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday morning, October 8, 2012, at Sacred Heart Church Catholic Church in Rich Fountain with Fr. Philip Niekamp as the celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Wake County, 200 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, N.C. 27607 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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My condolences to Agnes, Angie and Mary. Martin was a fine man, a good father and husband. I know he will be missed.

Dave Bland Feb 14 2013 12:00 AM

Martin was one of my very favorite clients until he moved to Raleigh. He will be missed. My condolences to Mary Agnes, another one of my favorite people. Chery Dumelow, the taxchik of Baldwin County, Alabama.

Cheryl Dumelow Oct 11 2012 12:00 AM

Rudroff family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed hearing family stories and the bright smile he had on his face when I would come to stay with him and your mom. Your dad was a true Blessing and a very loved man. Your family is in my thoughts and Prayers. (former Home-In-Stead caregiver)

C. Seagroves Oct 10 2012 12:00 AM

Angie, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bernie Petteway Oct 8 2012 12:00 AM

Our thoughts & prayers are with the family,during this difficult time. Allen & Irmalene Rudroff California, Mo.

Allen & Irmalene Rudroff Oct 4 2012 12:00 AM

Angie and Mary, please know that you and your mom and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss. We miss Mr. Martin and pray for your comfort during this difficult time and the days ahead. Janet C, Mayview, Raleigh, NC

Janet Cashwell Oct 3 2012 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to the Rudroff family. Jinx was a very nice person and loved by many. May he rest in peace.

Alice and Fred Nilges Oct 3 2012 12:00 AM


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