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Daniel Joseph Rudroff

April 27, 1944September 28, 2020

Daniel J. Rudroff, of Houston, Texas passed away on Monday September 28, 2020 at Houston Methodist Hospital Medical Center, after a courageous battle with COVID 19 virus. Dan, a beloved husband and a cherished father, filled his 76 years with life and love, and leaves a treasured legacy of achievements and memories for his family, friends and co-workers. Dan was born on April 27, 1944 in Jefferson City, Missouri. He was the only child to the late Anthony Rudroff and Gertrude (Krieg) Rudroff who was raise on a Black Angus cattle farm in Rich Fountain, Missouri. Dan attended Scared Heart School in Rich Fountain, Missouri, he attended for two years at St Thomas Aquinas School in Hannibal, Missouri and graduated from Fatima High School in Westphalia, Missouri in 1962. He completed his education in order: U.S Marine Corps Supply Management and NCO school, David Rankin Technical College, South County Electrical Institute, Molenpah Engineering School of Hydraulics, Houston Community College, Daniel Ind. School of Measurement, Process and Process Instrumentation, Fluid Flow and Instrumentation. Dan enlisted into the U.S Marines Corps from 1962 thru 1965 he earned the rank of Corporal during the Vietnam War and was on the USS Iwo Jima in the Gulf of Tokin as a sharp shooter and picking wounded advisors from Vietnam and bringing them on board the Iwo Jima. After his service in the U.S. Marines he moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he met his wife Patricia (Pattie) A. Rachel and they were married at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church on September 2, 1968. They were married for 52 years before his death. After living in Kirkwood, Missouri they made the move to Houston, Texas in 1980. Living in Houston, Texas is where Dan's career took off in the field of oil and gas industry. Dan had over 30 years of domestic and international experience in process, and gas and oil custody transfer flow measurement in the oil and gas industry. He was an expert in engineering and fabrication of gas and oil measurement systems. He traveled to many countries many times over in his career. He has worked as Service Manager of International Sales, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Sales and Marketing Manager for companies in Houston and Germany, for large oil field measurement focused companies, ending as Chief Operating Officer for WFMS Inc. His achievements in the field of oil and gas industry is so numerous and too long to list. Dan has given classes on Measurement of Oil and Gas at almost all of the industry schools in the United States and in several countries. His many classes and presentations through out his career were always well attended for his knowledge and his field of experiences. He was also a valued Consultants to many people and businesses. Dan has written hundreds of articles and papers on Oil, Gas and Multiphase Measurement which were published in major trade magazines world wide. Also, as of to date Dan has several Patents that have already been granted by the United States Paten and Trademark Office. Many agree that Dan was a very special man, kindhearted and patient with an abundance of knowledge. A humble man and the very definition of a gentleman personified with a sense of humor to top it off. He was a mentor to young and old for many years. Spending time with Dan always served as a reminder that to gain the most pleasure from life one has to embrace only the most important elements of life, is family and treating people exactly how one wants to be treated, never giving up hope and remaining both focused and determined to meet one's goals in life. Dan going into retirement at 76 years young had still, many plans and ideas he wanted to complete. He loved what he did, the challenges it had and enjoyed working, helping and teaching others and meeting new people. Dan dedicated his life to the oil and gas industry and to his family and did a great job doing both. He loved his wife and family and instilled in his two sons a love of learning and working hard, high moral standards and the courage to tackles problems head on. With his strong faith in hoping that everyone will go forward with their lives, to continue to work hard and to keep things interesting and most of all to stay safe. A private family graveside service will be held at at Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the COVID-19 Infectious Disease Research Fund at Methodist Hospital, P.O. Box 4384, Houston, TX 77210-4384.

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  • FAMILY

  • Patricia Rudroff, Wife
  • Jay Albineda and his wife Michelle Diaz Albineda, Son
  • Brad Albineda, Son
  • Max Albineda, Grandson
  • Aaron Albineda, Grandson
  • Elaine Elizabeth Rachel Grant, Sister-in-law
  • Anthony DeGioin, Nephew
  • Jean Marie Rachel, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Danielle Christine Grant, Niece (deceased)
  • Bartholom S. Grant, Nephew (deceased)

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  • DONATIONS

  • COVID-19 Infectious Disease Research Fund Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation

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M. Mendoza

October 19, 2020

It saddens me to hear the news of the passing of Mr. Dan Rudroff,
My thoughts and condolences go to his family.
May he rest in peace.

Terry Kobs

October 13, 2020

Dear Rudroff Family,
I only learned today of Dan's passing. I was very fond of Dan and worked with him indirectly for several years. Dan was always a gracious gentleman, and very well respected by all of our colleagues.
Dan loved his Whataburger. Try as I may taking him to lunch and suggesting some higher scale venues.. Dan would not budge, and always preferred his Whataburger.
I too suffered from covid and was in Methodist ICU 24 March through 5 April. Dan heard on the drums about my illness and he called me. I was very uplifted. This is how Dan was. I never did see Dan personally after I had covid, but we did trade emails. I will miss Dan, but you had him always at his best.
I pray that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comforts your Family during these times and will always watch over you. You know Dan is dancing a jig in Heaven.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Terry Kobs

Andres Fabian Roncancio

October 13, 2020

Dan
Doy gracias a Dios por permitir que nos conociéramos, tu fuiste un ángel protector y nuestro mentor.
No tengo palabras para describir la tristeza que siento por tu partida pero siempre tendré palabras para recordar tu alegría.
Esa buena energía que transmitías con tus comentarios y buenos consejos, siempre quedara grabada en nuestros corazones.
Muchas gracias Dan

Brian Thoms

October 13, 2020

It saddens me to hear the news of the passing of Mr., Dan ( Lieutenant Dan) . I had the privilege of working along side of Lieutenant Dan on many Measurement projects that was being built For Centurion Pipeline. He was a walking book of knowledge and always willing to make projects better that they were designed for. Please accept my deepest sympathy . Go rest high Licentiate Dan.... You will be greatly missed ..

Brian Thoms
Centurion Pipeline
Levelland ,TX..

Miguel Carrera

October 10, 2020

I'm deeply saddened by the news of your loss. My most sincere condolences to Dan’s family, and may God bless y'all during these sad and hard moments.
I had the opportunity to meet and to work with Dan in Ecuador (Petroconsultant) and Houston (WFMS), he was a great man, an excellent professional, and especially, a great friend. I pray that God will grant you strength.
Sincerely,
Miguel Carrera

Manuel Vaca

October 7, 2020

Querido Dan
Te escribo en español porque este idioma lo amabas mucho
Mi mejor amigo, profesional ejemplar, hombre honesto trabajador sin fronteras , tenias planes de venir a Quito pero DIOS te llamo para tenerte a su lado seguramente para que le ayudes en las duras tareas que EL esta realizando ahora.
Te mando desde Ecuador un fuerte abrazo hasta la eternidad.
Este NO es adiós es un HASTA LUEGO MI BUEN AMIGO.
Manuel Vaca
Dear Dan
I write to you in Spanish because you loved this language very much.
My best friend, exemplary professional, honest man worker without borders, you had plans to come to Quito but GOD called you to have you by his side surely so that you can help him in the hard tasks that HE is doing now.
I send you from Ecuador a big hug until eternity.
this is NOT goodbye it is a SEE YOU MY GOOD FRIEND.

Manuel Vaca

Jim Bowen

October 7, 2020

Truly a good man and great friend, Dan will be missed by the Industry, through which I came to know him, and the many friends and acquaintances he made along the way. He was Ever Faithful to family, friends and the Corps. Rest in eternal peace, Dan.

Fausto Andrade

October 6, 2020

My thoughts and condolences go to his family I meet Dann in the oil industry. Remarkable person and a great example of a professional person. Rest in peace

Matt Dawidowski

October 5, 2020

I met Dan in the late 90's when he was a sales manager for a turbine meter manufacturer... he was a fine mentor, a very knowledgeable measurement expert, and most importantly, a wonderful human being... I have fond memories of my time spent with Dan...

My thoughts go out to his family at this sad time...

Chris Levy

October 5, 2020

Dan always greeted others with a smile. Dan loved innovative problem solving and always approached challenges with a can-do attitude. I will miss collaborating with Dan, especially during the discussions that often started with "Dan, I was thinking…" and ended with a better way of doing things. He routinely stepped up to lead and could do so from any chair. Dan will be deeply missed by the oil and gas industry. A great man. My deepest condolences to Pattie and the family.

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