The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 8, 2014

Kenneth W. Rudolph

The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE – Kenneth W. Rudolph, 58, of Danville, passed away at 11:23 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his home.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1955, in Danville to George and Elva Keister Rudolph.

He married Sharon E. Cope on June 22, 1974, in State Line, Ind. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Lacey (Brandon) Shipman of Danville, Leslie (Terry) Merrill of Veedersburg, Ind., and Lisa (Tommy) Kirkpatrick of Danville; 11 brothers and sisters; and 16 grandchildren, Dakota and Brittan Gash, Clayton, Rylan and Lillianna Shipman, Cierra, Dharma, Brittney, D’artagnan and McKynnan Merrill, Jordan Rudolph, Brycen and Trin Hernandez and Brooke, Allysa and Tyler Kirkpatrick.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Ken was a mechanic for nearly 20 years but also had more recently worked as a truck driver. He loved to fish and hunt but also spent his spare time with taxidermy and riding his motorcycle. Most of all, Ken loved to spend time with his grandkids.

A service to celebrate the life of Kenneth Rudolph will begin at 2 p.m. EST Saturday, Jan. 11, at Sunset’s Covington Chapel, A Life Celebration Home, in Covington, Ind. Pastor Steve Stanley will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Covington. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. EST Friday, Jan. 10, also at Sunset’s Covington Chapel.

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