Rudolph Conrad Younger
Rudolph Conrad Younger (Rudy), 85, of Fort Collins, Colorado, passed away on March 25, 2020, after a long and valiant fight with Parkinson's disease.
Rudy was born on Sept. 11, 1934, in New Camp, Kentucky, to a coal mining family, where he was the youngest of five boys, and also had a younger sister. Though all the men in the family worked in the coal mines and money was scarce, it was a childhood
filled with family and love, with older brothers always ready to push him in sports. Rudy was a talented athlete in every sport he tried, and especially enjoyed basketball and baseball in high school. He and his brothers had a band and worked nightclubs to earn money, with Rudy on the drums.
After high school, Rudy enlisted in the Air Force, which was to be a twenty year career. While stationed in Antigo, Wisconsin, Rudy met the love of his life, Doris Schumitsch, and married her in 1955. Rudy and Dory loved the military life, and were able to live in Germany and travel Europe for three years. Their daughter Bonny was born in Key West, Florida, in 1965, and son Mark was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, in 1970. Rudy did tours in Korea and Viet Nam, earning many military accolades, and retired a Major in 1973.
Upon retirement from the Air Force, Rudy went into banking and became a loan officer. The family moved to Madras, where Dory and Rudy raised their family and were active members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. They loved living in Madras and lived there for the next 40 years. Rudy and Dory moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, in 2014, to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law, when health issues started to become difficult to manage.
Rudy loved to play golf, and had a very low handicap. He played around the state and often won tournaments. Rudy could fix anything, and had a shop full of every tool and gadget imaginable. Rudy was active in his church, often attended high school sporting events, and was a good friend to people in the community.
Rudy adored his family and was a devoted friend, and gave those he loved the gift of knowing that no matter what, he would always be there for them. He was generous, patriotic and had tremendous integrity. He is dearly loved and missed.
Rudy is survived by his wife, Dory; daughter, Bonny Gainley, and son-in-law, Glenn Gainley; son, Mark; grandsons, T.J. Gainley (Caroline), and Dusty Gainley (Ashley); and granddaughter, Sydney Gainley. He had three great-grandchildren, Clare, Morgan and Lilly Gainley. He is also survived by his brother, Joe Younger; sister, Betty Stone (Dean); uncle, John Younger (Helen); and many nieces and nephews.
Rudy was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Elizabeth Younger; brothers, Steve (Una), Gene (Pat) and George; and sister-in-law, Betty Jean.
A military service will be scheduled at a time to be determined in the future. Fond memories, expressions of sympathy and signing of an online guestbook may be shared at http://www.legacy.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?mid=9103080