William “Bill” James Rudd, 87, returned to his heavenly home on December 24, 2018 after a valiant battle with a long illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Bill was born to the late William F. and Cora H. Rudd in Detroit, MI on May 15, 1931. At the age of fifteen, Bill was re-born in Christ and from that point his immersion in the Christian community would become a lifetime of support.
Bill was blessed by God with a large and loving family. In August of 1955, while teaching Sunday school in Detroit, he met a captivating young woman by the name of Jane Eleanor Peterson. On June 9, 1956 He married his best friend and fellow parishioner in Grant, MI. After living in many different areas Bill and his family settled in Barry County, Michigan. Bill helped raise his five children with patience, discipline and humility. He taught them to love, to share, compassion and the power of prayer. He enjoyed spending time with his family and often took them on long family trips to the South or a modest weekend camping trip. All the while showing them the natural beauty that God had created. From the very beginning, he dedicated his children to God and encouraged them to explore the beauty of the gospels and to live a life dedicated to Christ.
Bill was a salesman at heart. He was kind and soft-spoke gentleman who had never met a stranger. He served as a factory sales representative of RPM, Inc for over 25 year. Bill was also a Board Member for Continental Baptist Missions for 21 years and had a love and passion for serving Christ. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Jane (Peterson) Rudd; sons, David (Mary) Rudd, John (Kim) Rudd, Dan (Erin) Rudd; daughter, Nancy Geren; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ruth Rudd; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Drake; parents, William F. and Cora H. Rudd; brothers, Robert Rudd and George Rudd; and sisters, Juanita Hoath and Mary Rudd.
Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday, December 29 from 10 to 11 A.M. at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home in Middleville. A funeral service will follow at 11 A.M. and burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Continental Baptist Missions, 11650 Northland Dr. NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Bill’s family.