Rudolph (Rudy) David Joseph Champagne, April 23, 1938 – August 20, 2014
Rudy, who claimed that he was by far the cutest member of the Champagne clan and family’s reigning card playing champion, passed away suddenly and peacefully, supported by family. Rudy was predeceased by his wife of 42 years Julie (Trudeau) Champagne and leaves behind children Carol Seitz (Dan and sons Jordan and Jared), Russell Champagne, Kathleen Kamann (Jim and daughter Nichole and son Drew), and Rhonda Rasmussen (Kent and sons Christopher and Colton), seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Rudy also leaves behind his partner of ten years Shirley Clements and her son Ken. Rudy was thirteenth of seventeen children with three surviving brothers.
In 1980 Rudy packed his Winnipeg based family and headed for Canada’s oil province taking up residence in Brooks, Magrath, Taber, and Leduc – coming to his final stop in Ponoka. As an ‘oilfield pilgrim’ Rudy worked for Jo Ann, Speedy, and Heck’s heavy haulers. Rudy was trucker, dispatcher, manager and sales representative and is remembered for his unique flair and personal excellence.
Rudy had a fondness for the outdoors, food was his passion – he could cook! His first greeting was ‘have you eaten?’ Rudy was stronger than an ox, in his younger days climbing up and down stairs on his hands. Rudy had a fierce loyalty and affection for family and friends being most proud of his grandchildren encouraging then to move into the world with confidence. Rudy had a strong and demonstrated sympathy for individuals approaching the end of their own lives and was quick to offer help with little need for personal praise or recognition. Rudy was loved passionately in return and will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by those who loved him.
By Rudy’s request we will remember him in future family visits and request that you fondly remember him and us in your conversations and prayers. In lieu of flowers please offer a tribute to Rudy with a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation at www.heartandstroke.com.