Born Oct. 26, 1922, in Houston, Ark., son of the late Edward Bert and Martha Elizabeth Atkinson Rudkin, he was a farmer and formerly owned a grocery store.
On Oct. 28, 1944, he married Alice Nadine Ward.
Survivors include one son, Denny Rudkin, of Holcomb, Mo.; two daughters, Sheila Climer and husband, Gary, of Memphis, Tenn., and Tammy Lumbeck and husband, Ray, of Abilene, Texas, Ray is serving in the Air Force in Iraq; two grandchildren, Parrish Rudkin, of Holcomb and Brent Climer, of Southaven, Miss., and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Cornell Parnell and one granddaughter, Tonya Rudkin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., today, Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home Chapel in Malden, Mo., with the Rev. Gene Lancaster officiating.
Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Campbell, Mo.