William Bill McCabe Rudden

July 13, 1946June 30, 2013
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RUDDEN, William “Bill” McCabe, 66 of St. Louis, fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on June 30, 2013. Loving father of Billy Rudden; beloved brother of James (Bonnie) Rudden, Mary Masterson, Christine Mattingly, Jane Rudden, Joseph (Loretta) Rudden, Sheila (Lawrence) Schneider, Patricia Rudden, Monica (Peter Alhorn) Rudden, Donna (Jim) Troy and Edward Rudden; dear uncle, great-uncle, great-great uncle and friend to many.

Bill was a retired Captain with the St. Louis Fire Department. He was an avid bird watcher and runner. He will be missed greatly by his many friends and family.

Visitation 9-11:30 am, Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Hoffmeister South County Chapel, 1515 Lemay Ferry Rd. Memorial service immediately following the visitation at 11:30 am in the funeral home chapel. If desired contributions may be made to Backstoppers, 10411 Clayton Rd., St Louis, MO 63131.


  • Visitation Saturday, July 13, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 13, 2013

William Bill McCabe Rudden

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Heather Edwards-Thoerner

July 22, 2013

I am so thankful to have had this wonderful person as a friend. He taught me how to see the world in a different way. His funny quips and constant barbs and in your face way of making something you needed to recognize (but didn't want to) seem acceptable and even funny was such a gift. He made me slow down, see the world, see the birds, and he made me work a little harder. Even though he was twice my age, he'd blast past me on the climbs on his bike. Thank you Rudden family for having provided the world with the lovely man named Bill. He was a treasure to so many.

Judy Dugan/Fuhrmann

July 15, 2013

He was a very special person and that is how I will remember him.

July 14, 2013

The St. Louis Fire Department extends its sympathy to the family of retired Captain Bill Rudden.
Captain Rudden was appointed to the Fire Department on October 8, 1967.
Promoted to Captain on August 18, 1985.
Retired from Engine 6 on October 6, 2002.
We pay tribute for his service and dedication to protecting others.

Jan Sellmann

July 13, 2013

Dear Will and Rudden Family Please accept our sincere condolences on the death of your Father and Brother.
Jan Sellmann(Shipp) and Johanna Shipp

Jan Sellmann

July 13, 2013

Dear Will and Rudden Family Please accept our sincere condolences on the death of your Father and Brother.
Jan Sellmann(Shipp)& Johanna Shipp

July 10, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of the loss. Fireman Bill was a great friend and fellow triathlete.

Curtis Brooks

Jane Allen

July 8, 2013

Rest in Peace, Bill. It was good knowing you. Blessings to his family.

Janet Van

July 8, 2013

Billy, so sorry for you loss, prayers and thoughts your way.

Rob Borcherding

July 7, 2013

One of the most amazing events I witnessed was Bill's retirement gathering. Hundreds of friends and family attended. He gave so much of himself to others that he was richly blessed in return with friends from all walks of life.
Bill helped me (and many others) train for marathons and an Ironman. We spent many hours running and biking together. One of the greatest gifts from the time spent with Bill was his sincerity and common sense approach to life. He was everyone's Pastor, psychologist, physician, and friend.
It is Easter for Bill as we are promised everlasting life through Christ.

Ray Muench

July 7, 2013

I remember Bill from the So Co YMCA, he was always one of the ring leaders & an inspiration to us lesser athletes. May you rest in peace.