Huron: March 19, 1941 - June 14, 2024

Leonard ‘Rudy’ Rudloff


Leonard Martin Rudloff, known affectionately as Rudy, aged 83, of Huron, SD, departed this life on June 14, 2024, at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Born on March 19, 1941, in Huron, he was a son to the late Edward and Gladys Rudloff.
A man of many talents, Leonard spent his professional years as a Journeyman Lineman in Lansing. MI, and later as the respected Owner/Operator of Rudy’s Radiator Repair in Brookings, SD. His commitment to community service was evident through his time as a Volunteer Fireman in Brookings.
Leonard’s life was rich with love and devotion to his family. He leaves behind his beloved fiancée, Karen Spain, his cherished sister, Nancy Blue, his adored grandchildren, Kyle (Ashley) Brooks and Charice Brooks and his treasured great-grandchildren, Zoey, Kali and Avah Brooks. He will also be fondly remembered by his numerous nieces and nephews. Leonard was predeceased by his loving wife, Sherry Rudloff, his daughters, Tracie Brooks and Tina Erickson, his brother, Edward Rudloff and his sister, Barbara (Rudloff) McFadden.
An enthusiast of the automotive world, Leonard’s passion for cars and drag racing marked his younger days. His membership in the Brookings Snowmobile Club spoke to his love for the outdoors. Leonard was an avid fisherman and took great pleasure in camping and boating. Renowned for his exceptional memory and storytelling abilities, he possessed a subtle humor that brought joy to those around him. Leonard’s time with his grandchildren was filled with memorable adventures, and he relished in recounting these tales.
Leonard had a remarkable aptitude for problem-solving and could fix almost anything, a skill that earned him the affectionate comparison to the ingenious television character, MacGyver. His romance with Karen Spain was a testament to enduring love, as their teenage courtship blossomed into a rekindled partnership later in life.
The care of Mr. Rudloff and his family has been entrusted to Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings, SD. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings, SD. Visitation will be held one hour prior from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings. Private family burial will be held at Rosehill Cemetery in Clark, SD.
In his passing, Leonard leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter and the warmth of a life well-lived. He will be profoundly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
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