Anthony Casper Rudl passed away to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 4, 2019 after a sudden pulmonary embolism. He was married to Patricia Anne Rudl on April 16, 1966, and they just celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. He was a precious, devoted, loving, wonderful husband and a wonderful father to three daughters, Tanya, Heidi, and Tina, who are all married and have given us ten precious grandchildren.
Anthony was known as Tony to everyone. He was born in Somerset County, NJ on August 28, 1943. His papa, John Rudl, Sr., was born in Austria-Hungary and came to America to become a citizen here in his early 20’s. His mom, Anna Kapp Rudl, also born in Austria-Hungary, came over with Tony’s older sister, Nancy. Tony’s mother passed away when he was only two years old. John Rudl, Sr. started his business, John Rudl & Sons, Inc., in Glen Gardner, NJ when Tony and his two brothers, John Nicholas Rudl and John Rudl, Jr. were young boys.
Tony attended the elementary schools and North Hunterdon Regional High School in New Jersey. He also took two years of evening business courses at Rutgers University in Princeton, N.J. He attended Valley Forge Military academy for one year when he was sixteen years old. He then served for six years in the military in the Army National Guard. Eventually, when Papa John Rudl, Sr. retired, Tony took over John Rudl & Sons, Inc. which he then renamed Rudl Fencing & Decking.
When we moved down to North Carolina in 1989, all of our daughters were in college. We brought down the manufacturing part of the business to Roanoke Rapids, NC after selling the retail end of the business. When we moved to Danville, VA, we got out of the wood business and Tony worked at several other jobs. He truly was “the Jack of all trades”. It was like he could fix anything!
In 2007, we moved to Youngsville, NC, and he began working with one of our son-in-laws, Greg Miller, who owns a trucking company called Strider Transportation, Inc.
Tony was a warm, loving man, who was well-loved and respected by family, friends, and even acquaintances. He always had time to talk to someone, encourage them, or just make them feel good. He was a very spiritual man who served as an elder and deacon in every church we attended. He taught the Bible and helped many people. He was born again 45 years ago and walked a faithful life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was always ready to share God’s loving Gospel message to others. God gave him a special, warm heart for people.
As his wife for over 53 years, he will always be the love of my life, best friend, a part of me, and the most wonderful husband, father, and grandfather that God ever created! He will be missed dearly, but we know that he is now with Jesus and our Heavenly Father, and we will be with him again one day. We have a close family and are thankful to God for each other. Although Tony’s passing was sudden, we will depend on our dear Lord’s help, guidance, and grace to continue our walk with Him.
Tony was survived by : his wife, Patricia Anne Rudl; daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Michael Ovack with grandson, Jacob Ovack; daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Fred Zimmerman with grandsons , Karl, Kreg, and Corey and granddaughters, Bethany and Patricia; daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Greg Miller with grandson, Strider and granddaughters, Grace and Emily; two brothers, John N. Rudl , of British Columbia, Canada and John Rudl, Jr. of Auburn, New York.
He was predeceased by, a grandson, Benjamin Michael Ovack, his parents, John Rudl, Sr. and Anna Kapp Rudl, and a sister, Nancy Rudl Errickson.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, 3328 Forestville Rd, Raleigh. The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 pm Monday May 13, 2019 at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest. (919) 556-5811