Larry Stone Rudder
July 8, 1942 – May 7, 2020
Larry Stone Rudder passed away on May 7, 2020, at home in the care of his wife and children, and assisted by All Saints Hospice. He is survived by wife of 45 years Sandy Rudder, daughter Lisa Ferri, son Scott Banks, daughter Deanna Banks, and five grandchildren. Larry was born on July 8, 1942, in a small town in southeastern Ohio, as the second child of Lawrence and Margaret Rudder. His brother Jim, who was 15 years his senior, preceded him in death. At age 20, Larry left Ohio and drove to California because he wanted to live in a state with sunshine. He secured a job at Kaiser Steel in Fontana. He worked there for 20 years in inventory control and finance, leaving only when they closed. While working at Kaiser, he attended college in the evenings and graduated with an accounting degree from Redlands University. Following Kaiser, he worked for Inland Empire Utilities Agency and retired from the position of Chief Financial Officer in 2004. Larry met his wife in Ohio; they were introduced by his brother Jim and his wife Carol. Sandy moved to California and Sandy and Larry were married on December 27, 1974. Larry will be remembered by all for his great care for others. He was devoted to his family, his fellow employees, and his friends. Due to Covid 19, celebration of life services will be postponed. In Larry’s memory you may donate to Molecular Insight Research Foundation; 501 North Orange Street Suite 250, Glendale, Ca 91203.
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Larry Stone Rudder
June 4, 2020
Our deepest thoughts, and prayers continue to be with Sandy, and the entire Rudder family. We were so saddened to hear of Larry's passing. Many fond memories, and it was always a pleasure to run into Larry at our church. He always wanted to know how we were doing, and our latest travels . Larry loved to travel, and enjoyed sharing. He loved the Lord, and was such a good example for others to follow. We will miss his great smile, and warm handshake. Sandy, please know that we will be praying for you, and your family. May God Bless You. Al, and Peggy Wells
June 2, 2020
My office dad always keeping me in-line and out of trouble. Like others have said you meant a lot to all of us. Larry was a true friend, co-worker, leader and OUR CHIEF. Larry made it a pleasure to come to work, he was so patient and kind in many ways. He always had a kind way with words, which was always uplifting and inspiring. I remember when he came to take me to lunch after he retired, and I moved out to the Composting Facility. I asked him if he wanted a tour and he politely said NO. If he came home smelling like biosolids compost Sandy wouldn’t speak to him. I remember him saying “My god how can you stand this smell out there”? We laughed together and at the same time said “ it’s the smell of money”.
Thank you - Chief for your inspiration and wisdom. Until we meet again.
Sincere Condolences to Sandy and the family
May 28, 2020
Larry was an outstanding person, both at work and as a friend. He was one of those people that everyone enjoyed talking to. At work, I noticed how he was truly admired by both his staff and superiors. He knew a lot of technical issues and had a nice way of helping others who sought his advice. Most importantly, he never put others down or had harsh words, but rather, he focused on their strong points.
He was a true family man. He often expressed care about my family and referred to them by name and that made me feel special. He was also extremely proud of his family and I learned a lot about their lives.
I learned a lot from him both at work and on a personal level. I am going to miss him, but I was truly blessed that he was a part of my life.
May 28, 2020
Larry meant a lot to me personally and professionally. I met Larry when he came to work at the Chino Basin Municipal Water District (CBMWD). Together we took a small little water district and poised it for significant growth. Personally, he quickly became a close friend. Larry is the person that you look forward to being around and spending time with. He had such a great sense of humor and such an infectious laugh. I did and continue to value his friendship greatly.
Professionally, I was still learning as a young finance officer in 1989 and was extremely lucky to get to work with Larry who was a seasoned CFO and finance professional. I have to say, we worked a lot of long hours together, but his sense of humor and great personality made it seem easy. We accomplished a lot, creating and planning for the doubling of staff to accommodate growth and setting up a new General Ledger system and financial structure that served the agency long into the future. Together, we completed the first municipal bond issue for the agency and established/upgraded accounting systems and processes. Larry took this base and, with his financial skills and experience, as CFO took CBMWD to the large, impactful agency that it is today. The growth I experienced working with Larry allowed me to have the knowledge and confidence to have a very accomplished career in government finance. I really enjoyed watching Larry take CBMWD to new heights as it grew into the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. Remembering the friendship and times that Larry, Fred Mouat and I shared brings a smile and joy to my heart. Larry will be forever remembered!
May 26, 2020
It was an honor and pleasure to have worked with and for Larry. He had a beautiful spirit and always a laugh and kind words for us at IEUA. I am proud to call him a friend.
May 24, 2020
I will refrain from repeating the kind words already written. I was privileged to know Larry and work with him at IEUA.
The thing that comes to my mind is driving to work. I would always be in a hurry; passing cars and trying to beat the traffic lights. I often came upon Larry calmly driving in the same direction. I would pass him and seem to move forward quickly.
All my impatience and “speedy” driving we’re of little avail in getting anywhere “faster” as Larry would invariably catch up to me and sometime even pass me.
That’s the kind of man he was. Calm, steady, reliable and fun.
May 23, 2020
Larry was a friend, colleague, confidant, jokester, employee advocate, and true gentleman. He inspired me with his work ethic, and words of encouragement. His warm and gracious smiles always brightened the day at IEUA. It was always a joy to see Larry volunteering as an usher at the Lewis Family Playhouse. I will miss his wonderful laugh and gracious hugs. My life...and many others...are forever blessed for knowing him. My heartfelt condolences to Sandy and his family.
With sincere gratitude,
May 22, 2020
There are few moments in a lifetime when you cross paths with someone that you immediately know will be your friend for life.
A few years into my career at IEUA when I became the Board Secretary, you became my boss along with the Board of Directors. For me and many others at the Agency, you were and still are, our leader, coach, protector, advisor and friend. I remember how you consistently stood up for us - even if it meant going against the majority. Larry, you are our Superman and so many times without a second thought, you took the bullet for us and it bounced right off of you.
You are genuine, kind, smart, loyal and very funny. When you worked at the Agency, we laughed so much every day. We still laugh remembering your funny stories. You are so patient with us, especially with me. Vicky still teases me about my whiny voice saying "LAR---RY this and LAR---RY that". I had a question for everything. Yes, I definitely tested your patience. But I learned a lot from you and now I am preparing to retire after 30 years, so your efforts were not in vain.
Thank you Larry for your steadfast friendship and introducing me to Sandy, the bravest and kindest person ever. It is easy to see why you love her so much. I have grown to respect and love you both. Because of who you are and the way you treat others and me, you will always be my friend for life.
Until we meet again, you will always be with me in my heart.
May 21, 2020
I've had the privilege of being friends with Larry and Sandy for the past 30 years. Larry and I worked closely together at Chino Basin Municipal Water District (later known as the Inland Empire Utilities Agency). He was my boss for much of that time, but first and foremost, he was my best friend. He was also the best man at my wife Willie's and my wedding.
He influenced me in many ways during our working years as well as in retirement, but I think his largest impact on my life has been in my retirement years. It was Larry's idea that we both sign up to do volunteer income taxes with the AARP Tax Aide program starting in 2007. Later on, he suggested we try our hand at Medicare counseling with an organization known as HICAP. We participated in both programs together for a number of years, and they turned out to be life-altering experiences for me. I am still a volunteer with both programs, and they have given purpose to my life in retirement. I owe all the rewarding memories and experiences to Larry's prodding me to join.
You truly are missed, buddy!