Rudolf "Rudy" Yruegas

March 21, 1930January 19, 2021

Rudolf Yruegas, resident of Whitehall, known to his friends as "Rudy", passed away at the age of 90 on January 19, 2021, due to complications from the Coronavirus. Born March 21, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas, Rudy was preceded in death by his parents Juan and Dolores Noyola Yruegas; his wife of 57 years Patricia Dishong Yruegas; his son John Mark; and his siblings Hortencia, Benito, and Edward.

Rudy will be lovingly remembered by his children David (Tracy), Eric (Peggy) and daughter-in-law Gail; grandchildren Erin (Bradley) Grigsby, Jessica (Johnathan) Oyster, Jordan Reed, Elisabeth, Joseph and Harry; great-grandchildren John Oliver, Parker, Mya and Phoebe; and brother-in-law Walter Jones. Rudy is also survived by a very dear friend Ms. Jo Riffle.

Rudy proudly served his country in the military for 42 years. Beginning with the Army Air Corps, the Air Force, Air Force Reserves, and then Navy Reserves, ultimately retiring as Senior Master Sergeant Rudolf Yruegas. He is an excellent example of dedicated service to the country that he loved, and the family thanks him.

He was an avid reader and loved to learn new things on a wide range of topics. He was a lover of words, crossword puzzles, and maintained a sharp mind and vocabulary. Anyone who knew him has heard him say, “Oh, what's the word, what's the word…”. He was also an active member of both the Whitehall and Reynoldsburg Senior Centers where he would enjoy every Euchre or card game he could find.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Interment at Galloway Cemetery, in Galloway, Ohio with military honor guard.


  • Memorial Service will be at a later date


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Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC

February 16, 2021

God Bless and a Heartfelt Thank YOU for your service, Rudy. 1st. in the USAAC, Then USAF-and Reserve, then USNR, and finally as an SMSgt. Retiring after 42 years. RIP and Semper Fi.

Thomas Saddler

February 7, 2021

I first met Rudy in 1967 when I joined the team of calibration specialists at North American Rockwell in Columbus, Ohio. Rudy was my trainer and at the age of 19, I had much to learn. I worked beside Rudy until I entered military service in 1968. Little did I know that many years later in the 1980's, I would again be working with him at Newark Air Force Station in Heath, Ohio.
He had many devoted friends and I was truly honored to be one of them. His work, his attitude and most of all his sense of duty and loyalty to his country was unsurpassed. Rudy always had a smile and never had a cross word or a down outlook. I will never forget the confidence and positive attitude he ensued. He was a true patriot, a "Natural" American, a great human being. He will be missed; he will never be forgotten.
Major Thomas R. Saddler
United States Air Force (RET)

Jan Worthington

January 28, 2021

Oh Rudy, yes “What’s the word”? Such a great gentleman! He had lunch often with his Meals On Wheels friends at the Whitehall Dining Center and I always looked forward to our conversations! We also enjoyed lunch with the group at the Church the last Sunday of the month where he was a regular! Rudy was always dressed so nice and had impeccable manners. He will be deeply missed!

John Simons

January 21, 2021


We never got to meet your dad but with your memories I am sure we will get to know more about him. You and Tracy are in our thoughts and our arms are around you both to give you the strength you need in this difficult time. We love you.

John Simons
Daniel Starner

Joyce Yruegas

January 21, 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting you, your wife & 2 of your sons many years ago. It was a visit I enjoyed. May you rest in peace. Prayers and condolences to your family.

Peggy Yruegas

January 21, 2021

This Christmas was one one the last where everyone was there.