Ray Rudd

December 16, 2016

Ray Rudd 76 of Frankfort died at 3:25 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2016 at IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.  He was born on August 20, 1940 in Knox, Indiana to Orban & Anna (Mullins) Rudd.  Ray married Judith K. Cook on May 30, 1959 in the Highway 10 Baptist Church in North Judson, IN and she survives.

Ray started in the car business in 1960 and moved his young family to Frankfort in 1972 and founded the Ray Rudd GM dealership which operated until 2008.  The dealership received numerous awards from General Motors including Best in Class.  Ray was a true car man.  He was a 1958 graduate of North Judson High School.  He loved to sing and was a song leader and deacon in the Baptist Church for many years.  Ray was a true “People Person” who was dedicated to giving both publicly and privately to civic and personal charities.  He was a loving grandfather and could always be seen at Frankfort Hot Dog athletic events.  One of his passions was Hot Dog Basketball and he sat in the same seats at Case Arena for many years.

Visitation and Services

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 23, 2016 at the Goodwin Funeral Home. Friends may visit from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Goodwin’s. Burial will be in Bunnell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Frankfort High School Basketball Team.

Survived by:

his wife, Judy of Frankfort, 2 sons, Doug (Linda) Rudd of Kirklin, Ron (Rhonda) Rudd of Frankfort, 2 daughters, Cheryl Crum of Frankfort, Buffy (Rodney) Smith of Frankfort, 1 Sister, Roberta Frushour of Logansport, 15 grandchildren, Leah (Adam) Myers, Carly (Joey) Yandell, Corey (Jennifer) Wainscott, Tyler Shoemaker, Cheney (Caitlin) Wainscott, Zach (Brittany) Shoemaker, Cameron (Sarah) Wainscott, James Rudd, Chad (Savannah) Wainscott, Ariel Rudd, Olivia Rudd, Ashley Smith, Christian (Fiance: Autumn) Smith, Isaac Rudd, Jarrod Smith, and 15 great grandchildren.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 2 sisters.


Leave your Condolences

33 Condolences for “Ray Rudd”

  1. Gary & Brenda Spray December 17, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Thinking of and praying for your family.

  2. Ernie Givens December 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    My Heart felt condolences go out to the entire Family. Always loved this kind hearted Man.

  3. Herb and Sandy Hiatt December 17, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Dear family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Ray was a very special man in so many ways, and we always counted him as “family”. Judy, we can’t be there for the funeral because we’re in Texas visiting our kids and grandkids, but please know that you’re all in our thoughts and prayers. Thank God we know he’s in heaven praising the Lord with his beautiful voice. We love you.

  4. Janet Knox December 17, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Buffy and family, my heartfelt condolences to you all for the loss of your father, grandfather, husband. May God keep you held tightly in his loving arms through this most diffuse time.

  5. Paul Creasy December 17, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    My sincere condolences to Judy and the entire Rudd Family! You were a great man along with being a mentor to many young men in the Churches along the way, me being one of them, and I know that I am a better man today for knowing you and calling you FRIEND. God Bless the Rudd Family during this difficult time. RIP my Friend, I will always remember you.

  6. Rev. S. T. & Betty Adkins December 17, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Judy and family our prayers are with you. May God comfort and give you peace. Ray was a dear friend. Rev. S. T. And Betty Adkins.

  7. Pat Hatter December 17, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Ray will always hold a special place in our hearts. We will miss him. Prayers for Judy and family during this sad time.
    Rosie Insco and Patty

  8. Judy Gates December 17, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    He was a great guy. He was always very friendly to me when I would see him. Prayers for the family.

  9. Shan Sheridan December 17, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Ray sold me my first new car. I was just settling into Frankfort as a young youth pastor and Ray took his time building a relationship with me that day by sharing with me his faith and why he got into the automobile business. We talked about two hours then he took me to lunch at Wendy’s. By the end of the day I had a new friend and a new 1984 Buick Skyhawk.

    Ray understood the power of relationship and getting to know you not as a customer but as person. Mr. Ray Rudd will be remembered for his warm smile, kind words and compassionate heart. I pray his family will be filled with great memories and much peace and comfort from the Holy Spirit! May Gods love hold them throuh the days and weeks ahead!

  10. Terry Mason December 17, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    So sorry for the loss of this great man from his family and his community. One of the finest man we ever knew Terry and Nancy Mason

  11. Riley & Reba Simmons December 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of your precious loved one.


  12. Tina Morelock December 17, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    So sorry for the loss of Ray he will be missed by many

  13. Iris Sweazey December 17, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

  14. Bob & Lois Emery December 17, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Prayers and heartfelt condolences to Judy and the family.

  15. Bonnie Mullins Carter December 17, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Ray reminds me so much of Dad (Ray’s Uncle Bert Mullins) in his 75th birthday picture. I know Leonard and Dad are welcoming him home.

  16. Lori Snyder December 17, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss! I know he’s happy in Jesus arms. Prayers for all.

  17. Bradley Shaw December 17, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have nothing but good memories of him. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

  18. Denise December 18, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Rest in peace Mr Rudd. You will be missed greatly. Denise Mchenry

  19. Martha (Wimborough) Goings December 18, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Expressing sympathy to the family, in memory of my Aunt Sarah McAhren – Ray and his family were so good to her, through the years,
    until her death in 2013. God’s blessings upon you.

  20. Bob & Janie Shurr December 18, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Sending love & prayers to the family.

  21. Oma Nell Strong December 18, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Losing someone we love is never easy, but we can realize how blessed we were to share in his life. I shall always remember how much it warmed my heart when he sang ‘ BEULAH LAND’. My sincere sympathy to Judy and her family.
    Oma Nell Strong

  22. Ron & Erilda Coleman December 18, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Dear Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Know you will miss Ray. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our prayers for comfort and strength are with you and your family. Know Ray is once again singing. God Bless – Ron & Erilda

  23. Jo Ann Crutchfield December 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Ray was always special to Don and me!! You have my love and prayers! Jo Ann

  24. Irene Rudd December 18, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I am so sorry, I know Kinard is there plus his mom, dad and others in family welcome him home. Ray was and the family are all like family to me.
    Love you all,

  25. Steve and Sandy Patchett December 18, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    We are sad to see good friends go but happy that they are in a special place with their loved ones. We have such fond memories of the time we spent together. Our prayers are for the family left behind as I know you all will miss him. We are leaving for Washington DC for the holidays so we will miss seeing you all. Love you!

  26. Mrs. Richard Barnett December 19, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure doing business with Ray Rudd over the past years. I will be thinking of your family during the next few days and Holidays.

  27. Sara Brock December 19, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Much love and prayers for your family at this very difficult time.

  28. JB & Monica Heise December 19, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Dear Family
    Our sincere condolences to the family of Ray Rudd. Ray was a friend, a neighbor and man who worked, and lived for his family. Will always remember the fun times we had together and the money we saved him doing things for Judy at the house in northwood. Ray always said I wasn’t saving him money though. We always loved him and our prayers are with you all

  29. Tom and Rachel Rich December 20, 2016 at 9:20 am

    So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing, he was a good man and did alot for Frankfort. My thoughts and prayers for all the Rudd family. May God surround all your families with his peace and love in you time of need.

  30. Penny Boots December 20, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Dear Rudd family, so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all.
    Greg and Penny Boots

  31. Marjorie Stryjewski December 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I will miss you uncle Ray. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Love you always

  32. Kathy Smith December 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Fred and I were so saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. Unfortunately we were unable to make it to the funeral home, but wanted to know that you are in our prayers and thoughts during this time.
    “Keep The Faith”
    Fred & Kathy Smith

  33. Peggy J. (Marks) Brettin December 21, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    I remember the day you were married to Ray. It was a happy day for both of you. Now I am sending you and your family my sincere sympathy in your loss with Ray’s passing. God has a plan, as we know, for all of us. May God comfort you in your days to come; and may Ray rest in peace.

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