Donald Rudolph was a man who always thought of his family and friends first. Whether it was sharing his huge vegetable garden, making firewood, cooking maple syrup with the neighborhood friends or helping the grandkids fish at their cottage up north, Don loved providing for others.
Don was born Jan. 22, 1945, in Menominee Falls to the late Elmer and Beatrice (Behling) Rudolph. Don served in the U.S. Army in Panama Canal from 1963-1966. On Sept. 30, 1967, Don married Suzanne Lueck at Grace Lutheran Church in Menominee Falls. They moved to the town of Hamburg, where they were involved in dairy farming and growing ginseng. Don had also hauled feeder pigs, worked for S.D. Ellenbecker and Sonoco before retiring. In his younger years, he played slow pitch softball but recently he enjoyed dartball. Every year he looked forward to deer hunting season.
At the age of 72, Don passed away at his home surrounded by family on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne, of Athens; four children, Mike (Lora) Rudolph of Athens, Kimberly (Brian) Boesl of Athens, Tracy (Todd Schlichting) Wendt of Merrill and Heidi (Kevin) Denzine of Athens; ten grandchildren, Nick, Nicole, Brooke, Shannon, Shay, Erika, Tucker, Ramsey, Paige and Jake; one great-grandson, Aiden; and two sisters, Rita (Tony) Schumacher of Clintonville and Kathy Noet of Wausau.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens. Reverend Mark Schwalenberg presided. Burial was in Salem Cemetery with full military honors presented by Athens VFW Post #8527 and American Legion Post #4. You may sign the family guest book at helke.com.