Rudy’s family immigrated to Canada shortly after his birth, settling in Kitchener, Ont. Rudy’s father baptized him. After graduating from Waterloo (Ont.) College, Rudy continued seminary studies while pastoring and teaching at MB churches and schools. He served the B.C. corrections department as probation officer and court counsellor for dysfunctional families and youth. Through Mennonite Central Committee, he helped start prison visitation projects across Canada. Rudy promoted Christian group home programs. He was honoured with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for initiating the Toronto area drinking and driving awareness courses. He served on MCC and denominational committees and visited the Caribbean with Erica to assist faith-based organizations. As Ontario MB conference home missions director, he started Komoka Community Church. He was chaplain at University of Western Ontario, the London (Ont.) Men’s Mission and various nursing homes and member of the interfaith chaplaincy board at Queen’s Park. His life was a humble service to God.