OBITUARY

Rudolph "Rudy" Charles Raab

July 8, 1939January 19, 2018

Rudolph “Rudy” Charles Raab, 78, of Evansville, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 at his home. He was born July 8, 1939 in Evansville to the late Victor W. and Jane Irene (Myers) Raab. He was a long-time active member of Zoar UCC in Elberfeld. He graduated from Mechanic Arts, the predecessor to Evansville North High School. Rudy was a Marine veteran and worked for Whirlpool for over 30 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, and like his father, loved to fish. He primarily fished for large mouth bass, always looking to land one bigger than the last. He always practiced “catch and release”. His primary passion was vintage Fords and NASCAR racing. Rudy would talk your arm off about older Fords if allowed. He was a walking encyclopedia on parts and which parts were interchangeable. Rudy was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Emily (Schaffer) Raab of Mt. Vernon, IN and cousin, Art Eldridge of Morton, IL. He is survived by his brother, Robert Raab (Kathleen Green Raab) of Evansville; niece, Vickie Jane Raab Weger (Rick) of Arthur, IL; great-niece, Rikki Jane Weger Parker (Jordan) of Beaufort, SC; cousins, Lloyd Raab (Cathy) of Carlinville, IL, Norma Eldridge of Morton, IL, and Doris Gartner (Jim) of Effingham, IL. A Funeral Service will be 12:00PM, Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road, with burial in Zoar United Church of Christ Cemetery. Friends may visit Thursday from 10:00AM to service time at the funeral home. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 25, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Mike Gross

April 7, 2020

Rudy was my Whizzer Motor Bike pal of the early '50's. I had acquired a small hand Wagon full of used engines and parts to which I abruptly fashioned my first venture into Motorcycles. However I just didn't have the ability to get it to run until we met while on my Paper route in downtown Evansville. As luck would have it Rudy had built a Whizzer which probably remains the absolute fastest 4 cycle 100 cc Engine one on the Planet 'till this very day.
When I showed it to him an mak'n several feeble attempts at cranking her up Rudy said very glibly, yer wast'n yer time man, shes outta time. To which he very deftly yanked the Side Plate off an pointed to the Timing Gears say'n, see here, the marks are not lined.
Needless to say, after tweek'n the Engine she ran like a top, giving rise to many, many adventurous rides.

John Smith

January 30, 2018

So sorry to hear about Rudy's passing. I counted him as a friend. My deepest sympathies to his family.
John Lee Smith

Kermit Sollman

January 24, 2018

Tons of memories of Rudy,many dozens of Nascar races,swap meets,drags,junk yard shopping,etc.One of a kind !

Bill Ross

January 24, 2018

I worked with Rudy for several years at Whirlpool and we shared some good times together. I really enjoyed working with him. He was always good for a story or two. Just saw him last month at Golden Corral. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss. May God bless you in your time of sorrow.

Bob Hast

January 24, 2018

Bob and family, heartfelt condolences on your loss. I always enjoyed hearing about the old Fords!

Mark Smith

January 24, 2018

Always a CAR guy. Will truly be missed at the local CAR seen.

Chester Williams

January 23, 2018

Rudy will be missed by His long list of Ford Drag racers and Friends, He'll be reunited in Heaven to his Drag racing buddy Paul Fisher to talk about all their good days while racing at Chandler Raceway. When not talking Fords he'll be setting the Hook on a Big Bass. Chester Williams Chandler In

Cherie Broeker Sarah Raab

January 22, 2018

Bob, Kathy and Family - Our deepest sympathy for your loss. We always enjoyed playing games with Rudy at Lloyd's and spending time with him at the reunions. He could always make us laugh. Our prayers, thoughts and love will always be with you. Cherie Broeker and Sarah Raab

January 22, 2018

Rudy was one of a kind. Loved him dearly. Always enjoyed visiting with him at the Raab reunion. Sorry we will miss the funeral but we are in Florida now trying to miss the snow and ice.

Jeff and Lana Schaperjohn

January 22, 2018

Sorry for your loss. We will put you in our prayers and thoughts. Will miss seeing Rudy at church.

FROM THE FAMILY