When Rudy was 12, his family moved to Ontario, where Rudy was bullied in school for being Russian. He accepted Jesus at a Janz Team Crusade at 17. In high school, Rudy formed his first quartet. He left school in Grade 11 to help farm. Rudy graduated with electrical training in 1957, establishing Voth Electric in B.C. in 1973. Rudy and Kay’s courtship took place at church events where he sang with the Messengers quartet. Rudy served the Messengers 1956–1970 (full-time for 3 years). The group toured Europe in 1958 and served a New York Bible camp in 1968 and ’69. Rudy played bass for the Ambassadors for 12 years, starting in 1974. In 2014, he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to his liver. A year later, it spread to his lungs.