August 15, 1920 ~ October 2, 2013
Rudolf Jonke, age 93 years, was called Home Wednesday evening, October 2, in Roanoke, VA.
The family will gather at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 9 a.m. for a prayer service with the Reverend Dr. Armand Boehme, officiating. Interment and military rites provided by the Rice County Central Veteran's Association to follow at the Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault.
Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.
Rudy served as a Naval Aviator during WWII, the Berlin Airlift, and the Korean War. He retired from the United States Navy at the rank Lieutenant Commander. He then went on as an officer for the Department of State, which took him all over the world. Rudy was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and The Ohio State University.
During his life, Rudy lived life with gusto and never met a stranger! He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Rudy is survived by his son, Eric Jonke and his wife, Courtney, two grandchildren, Caitlin and Pearce of Winnetka, IL; his daughter, Mary-Phyllis (Jonke) Mayerchak and her husband, Michael, two grandchildren, Sarah and Zachary of Roanoke, VA; two brothers, Richard Jonke and his wife, Betty of Montville, OH and Fred Jonke and his wife, Betty of Cleveland, OH; nieces; nephews; the mother of his daughter, Phyllis Lange of Fayetteville, NC and other relatives and friends.
Rudy was preceded in death by his first wife, Paula Cloeter Jonke in 1965 and two children, Paula Anne in 1961 and Peter Rolf in 1964.
He was preceded in death by second child with Phyllis, Julia Kathleen in 1970.
Name: Judy (Jonke) Thrasher
Date: Monday October 07, 2013
Uncle Rudy - What can I say - you are a true gem. You have given this Country and your family many great gifts and we are all so very grateful for them. I have a funny story - One summer when I was 15, Rudy was visiting his brother/my dad (Joe) and sister-in-law (MaryJane) in Chardon. Prior to him leaving, he invited me back to visit MP and his home in North Carolina. As you know, Uncle Rudy never bought anything new expecailly a car so while traveling back to North Carolina in the VW Bug - stick shift mind you it died in the middle of hick town West Virgina. However, the funny part was (to me) while we were driving, he had a cane on the accelerator as he studied for his real-estate exam. That was his cruise control. LOL You will truly be missed, but thanks for the great memories!---your neice, Judy ~ Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. Robert Louis Stevenson ~
Name: Rebecca Jonke Paleo (Becky)
Date: Sunday October 06, 2013
Uncle Rudy lived such a full, active life! I think my favorite memory of him is of going to breakfast with him and MP at that restaurant along the bayou in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. MP & her family and I & my family have all moved on to other cities, but I cherish the memories of a relaxing meal together--with Uncle Rudy ordering his "Lawyer Breakfast!! In Sympathy, Becky