Douglas Alan Rudolph

March 17, 1947April 6, 2013
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Rudolph, Douglas Alan (Age 66) On Saturday, April 6, 2013 the Lord called home one of His angels when Douglas A. Rudolph, passed away due to complications from congestive heart failure. Doug was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and a loving man who was passionate about God, family, hunting, guns, motorcycles and Toyota Land Cruisers. During his glory days, he could be found riding one of his motorcycles, driving his ’76 FJ-40 Land Cruiser, or deer and elk hunting in Central Washington. Born in Witchita, Kansas to Glen and Margaret Rudolph, Doug was a very adventurous boy living in Kansas and having fun times while visiting the family farm in Scott City, Kansas. He enjoyed shooting .22’s, playing in the barn and driving tractors. At 16, after his father left his job at The Boeing Co. in Wichita, Kansas to become a Methodist Minister, the family moved out west and settled in Rockford, Washington where Doug attended Freeman High School. He enjoyed a love of fast cars and could be seen speeding through the back roads and highways of the Palouse. He also enjoyed being a member of a car club, The Vulcans. Shortly after graduating from Freeman High School in 1965, Doug enlisted in the United States Navy to become a Sonar Technician aboard nuclear submarines. He was assigned to the USS Grant and the USS Kamehameha out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After his enlistment was up, he returned to Spokane just in time to welcome his new son, Michael. Michael is named after Doug’s best friend from high school, Michael Murdock, who was tragically killed in Vietnam in February 1968. His beautiful daughter Gretchen was born the following year. Working various jobs at Old National Bank and Firestone, Doug enrolled in classes to earn a Criminal Justice degree from Eastern Washington University and was selected for the Washington State Patrol working in the Dishman field office. Doug would work for the State Patrol until taking a transfer to the Washington Fisheries Patrol and moving to Ilwaco, Washington in February 1977. Two years later the family moved to Auburn, Washington and he left the Fisheries Patrol shortly thereafter. Doug moved to Ellensburg, Washington in 1980 to work for the Central Washington University Police Department. It was while working here he met the love of his life, Kristy Chapin. They were married April 25, 1981. After working 13 years in law enforcement, Doug decided it was time for a change. The family moved to Spokane, Washington where Doug started working as a car salesman at Appleway Toyota. It was clear that Doug’s love of cars and people made a great fit for his new profession. He quickly set out to become one of Appleway’s successful salesmen of the time earning many sales awards. Doug continued with car sales until retiring in 1999. Doug was also an accomplished musician playing the coronet. He played in the Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene’s Orchestra for many years. He loved to play and listen to beautiful music. Doug was also passionate about politics. It wouldn’t take long to be in a conversation with him until the topic of politics often came up. He was a patriotic man, who was proud of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Doug will be dearly missed by his wife, Kristy Rudolph, of 32 years; his children, Michael Rudolph, Vancouver, WA and Gretchen Ruff (Brad), San Diego, CA; seven grandchildren; his sisters Gylan Lane (Barbara), Hood River, OR, and Vonne Hamilton (Ken), Republic of Panama; and close friends Mike and Anita McDaniel. Doug is preceded in death by his father Glen A. Rudolph, mother Margaret (Peggy) C. Rudolph and sister Sydney J. Ohlson. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, April 12th 7:00pm at Change Point Fellowship, 14415 E. Sprague, Ste 2, Spokane, WA. Later this year a gathering to remember Doug will be held at the Elk Camp near Ellensburg, WA.


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Barbara Olson

April 30, 2013

I am sorry for your loss...for our loss. Doug was a great guy...I shall miss "my date." I look forward to our reunion and the rejoicing when we all meet up with Doug after we are each promoted to glory and dancing in the heavens. We are here for you should you need anything.

Chaplain Ray Fritz

April 18, 2013

Our condolences to Kristy and all of Doug's family, friends and loved ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers that God will give you peace, comfort you in your sorrow, and heal the broken hearts. We are grateful for Doug's service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service having qualified in submarines on the USS Ulysses S Grant SSBN-631 and also serving on the USS Kamehameha SSBN-642. I served on the Grant but it was before Doug came aboard. To our "Brother of the Dolphin" ... "Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones. Thank you for your service to God and country. May He welcome you into His presence with great joy and may you hear those words, 'Well done thou good and faithful servant.'" -- Rev. Ray Fritz, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.

April 17, 2013

Dough & Kristy burst into our lives with friendship, fun and a love for the Lord while we were living in Spokane. If we needed help for anything, Doug was there and eager to do for others. Both of you left an indelible memory of our friendship in our memories and our lives. Love to you with our prayers that you will sense God's presence and comfort as you face the days ahead. We love you both.
Bob & Jodi Embry

April 14, 2013

The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Douglas A. Rudolph for your loss, to honor his service to our country and our patriotic hero.

Shawn Duncan

April 14, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Beckie Blythe

April 13, 2013

You and all who loved and admired Doug, are in our prayers. We were always lifted higher through Doug's heartfelt music.
Big Hugs... Jim & Beckie Blythe

April 13, 2013

Teresa Harberg (Jovanovich)

April 13, 2013

Kristy, my prayers for strength and comfort are with you as well as Mike and Gretchen. I have many wonderful memories of Dough in elk camp. He always had some idea he was coming up with to make the camp better. I remember being out there mixing concrete for tire pads for all the trailers. I also remember shooting clay pidgeons all those labor days and that fancy gun Doug would bring out that reminded me of Bonnie and Clyde. Of course, there was the wonderful fire-roasted turkeys we all shared that took all day to cook and many people in shifts to turn it. I know Doug touched the lives of many people in the same way as he did my family. He's now receiving his rewards in Heaven, and knowing that has provided me comfort.

Gary Boozer

April 13, 2013

About 200 friends and family said goodbye to this man tonight. Doug and I go back about 52yrs. From the time I showed him why my 55 Merc. Convertible was a better chick magnet than that 57 Chev. ever would be to shoving our way through high school together he was a constant friend. We visited families in the late 60's in Colfax and then parted ways as we struggled through family raising and how to make a living. I looked up my old buddy in 1990 and rekindled all our old passions. Hunting, cars, guns, camping, our kids and then grandkids, elk camp and yes even Landcruisers. Two years ago I restored his old yellow 76 cruiser and surprised him with it at the Rockford Auto Show. We all cried and he drove it around the Rockford Park. Last time he was ever in it. It is a beautiful remembrance of him. I have it lovingly stored in my shop. Like Doug, tough, dependable, golden locks(yellow color) , and always there if needed. We have missed my ole buddy at camp for the past several years but we have never forgotten him. Our reverence for God, Country and Friends came from his dad Glen's and Doug's thankfulness. Not a meal or day goes by we do not say a blessing for all we are so thankful for at camp. Those traditions come directly from Doug. I am going to miss you ole friend. Watch over us.

Laberta Croskrey

April 12, 2013

We first met Doug when we owned the service station in Rockford WA and we were not sure he would make it to adulthood. His Mom and Dad were of great joy to us and Vonne and Stacy came over and took our small children to visit the neighbor who had goats. So sorry to hear he has passed away, but we have to be grateful he is not suffering any longer. Dean & Laberta Croskrey Spokane Valley.