Carl James Rudy

Carl James Rudy, 94, of Manheim, Pa., died Oct. 4, 2022. He was born to Abner and Edith Snyder Rudy in Breslau, Ont. He was the loving husband of Ruth Mohler Rudy, and they celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this past July.


He graduated from Eastern Mennonite College, Goshen Biblical Seminary and William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute. A pastor, he served at churches in Ontario, South Bend, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Smithville, Ohio. He then served as chaplain at the former Mennonite Hospital in La Junta, Colo.

He was a member of Blossom Hill Mennonite Church, Lancaster; American Protestant Chaplain’s Association; moderator for Rocky Mountain Mennonite Conference; secretary of the Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference and a member of the Lancaster County Woodworkers Association.

He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture. He donated his furniture to relief sales, Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp and made kitchen cabinets for Navajo Mennonite Church, Farmington, N.M. He was a “seagoing cowboy” tending donkeys on a boat sent to repopulate animals in Europe after World War II. He was also instrumental in starting the hospice program in the Arkansas Valley in eastern Colorado.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a daughter, Evelyn J. (Tracy) Edgers of Kirkland, Wash.; two sons, Jonathan E. (Carolyn Peachey) Rudy of Manheim and Paul D. Rudy of Perry, Kan.; seven siblings, Doreen Good, Karen Bergey, Barbara Stager, John, Willis, Elvin and Harold Rudy, all of Ontario; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two siblings, Betty Buschert and Glen Rudy.


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