Allen Rudolph, 1926-2016

Published 9:00 am Sunday, January 8, 2017

Allen J. Rudolph, 90, a 32-year resident of Sun City, Arizona, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, surrounded by family following a short illness.

Allen Rudolph

Allen Rudolph

He was born Feb. 8, 1926, in Harding to Valentine and Sophie (Skwira) Rudolph.

Allen married Virginia “Ginny” Everson on Feb. 12, 1949, at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea.

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He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in World War II on the USS Saratoga. He was also a 60-year member of American Legion Post No. 56 of Albert Lea.

He was a longtime employee and store manager for National Foods. He owned Happy House Cards and Gifts before retiring to Arizona in 1984. While in Arizona he also worked for Sun City Recreation Center.

Allen loved golfing, recording two hole-in-ones. He raised Shelties, and was a member of the Kennel Club of Albert Lea. He loved all sports games on TV, and was an especially big fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. In his retirement years he raised flowers, gardens, plants and fruit trees.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Virginia, of Sun City; children Mark of Minneapolis, Gary of Sun City, Kurt of Moorcroft, Wyoming, and Lynn (Gayle “Bud”) Janzen of Glendale, Arizona; grandchildren Laura (Reid) Johnson of Iowa City, Iowa, Cody Janzen of Moorhead, Jeremiah and Tyler Rudolph of Gillette, Wyoming, and Aaron Rudolph of St.Paul; great-grandson, Franklin Allen Johnson, of Iowa City; brothers Arthur of Albert Lea and Oliver (Marie) Rudolph of St.Cloud; and sister, Virgie (LeRoy) Schreiner, of Brainerd. Also surviving to cherish his memory are nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by son, Paul; parents; brother, Jerome; sisters-in-law Helen, Grace and Lucille Rudolph; father- and mother-in-law Harold and Mabel (Madson) Everson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Raymond (Bud) and Elsie Everson; and sister and brother-in-law Doris and Maurice Mosher.

Interment will be at Fort Ripley National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Sunland Mortuary and Memorial Park in Sun City. Online condolences for the family can be left at