Rudolph “Rudy” Cleveland Blaschke went to live with the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven on May 13th at 1:00am.
He was 84 years old and lived in Rosenberg, Texas at the time of his passing.
Rudy was born on April 16th, 1935 in Houston, Texas, the second of 8 children to Frank Victor and Desi Mae Blaschke.
His siblings include Franklin, EJ, Don, Jack, Roy, Frank, and Sandy. He was raised in West Columbia, Texas.
Rudy worked at the family store in Old Ocean and delivered groceries as far east as Angleton.
He was even cut from the West Columbia High School football team because he had to leave practice early to deliver groceries.
Rudy’s teen nickname was Coupe due to his love for fast cars.
He married his high school sweetheart, Joyce (Christensen) Blaschke, from Damon, Texas.
They had 4 children together and were married 61 years before Joyce’s passing in 2017.
Rudy joined the US Air Force in 1955, and initially worked as an aircraft mechanic.
His orders over 22 years took him all across the US and to Newfoundland, Greece, and Germany.
The family moved on a regular cadence every 1-2 years.
They lived in Texas, Colorado, Maine, Arkansas, California, North Dakota, Georgia, Wiesbaden and Ramstein Germany, and lastly in Tacoma,Washington.
After retiring from the Air Force, Rudy and his family moved to Rosenberg, Texas where he became a union insulator.
After several years, the desire to run his own business prompted Rudy to purchase a convenience store which became “Rudy’s Stop n Shop”.
Rudy took pride in getting to know his customers and making them feel at home when they walked in the door.
Joyce and Rudy ran a very successful business, and 16 years later, they decided to retire and sold the business.
With the encouragement of his brothers, Rudy became a 32nd degree Master Mason in the Rosenberg Masonic Lodge #881 and joined the Arabia Shrine Patrol in Houston.
He and Joyce spent many years traveling to Shriner conventions where Rudy competed in military style marching competitions.
This is where he and Joyce met many of their dearest friends.
Rudy is preceded in death by his parents, brother Franklin, and his wife, Joyce Blaschke.
He is survived by his sons, Kennett Blaschke and his wife Cyndi of Weston Lakes, Chris Blaschke and his wife Marilyn of Richmond, Randy Blaschke and wife Virginia of Austin, daughter Tina Broussard and husband Mike of Richmond, 6 grandchildren: Christin Blaschke, Erin Blaschke, Parker Blaschke, Allison Knavel and husband Grayson, Rylea Broussard, Caden Broussard, a sister and several brothers and sisters-in-laws, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog Shiner.
The family would like to thank the special friends that helped take care of their dad over the last few yearsTeresa Shillingburg, Samantha Byas, Taffy Stone, Helon Snider, and A-Med Hospice.
Mr. Blaschke’s memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on June 2, 2019, at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Richmond, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/give/119312/#!/donation/checkout.