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Jeffrey Alan Ruddock (fondly known as Jeff or Rudy), 63, of Brazil, passed away on Nov. 28, 2017, at Union Hospital from complications caused by diabetes, COPD, and continued heart problems. He was born Oct. 24, 1954, in Brazil, to Lewis Victor "Bob" Ruddock and Emma "Jean" Herb Ruddock Petrarca.
Jeff was retired at the time of his passing. His previous employment included: bus driver for Clay Community School Corporation, manager of Clark Gas Station, dispatcher for State of Indiana Department of Transportation, semi-truck driver, among others. He graduated from Brazil High School in 1973 and later attended Lincoln College of Technology in Indianapolis, Ivy Tech, and Indiana State University. He very much loved to ride his motorcycle, cook, and enjoyed nature by tent camping. His love of cooking took him to the Covered Bridge Festival, where he made large iron kettles full of ham and beans for several years. Jeff valued his family and considered good friends as close relatives. Over the years, he was an avid motorcycle rider and his biker buddies were like brothers and sisters to him. Much of his social time later in life was spent at the Brazil Moose Lodge, sharing his days with those he cared so much about. With nearly 10 years of regular dialysis, he became attached to those who took such good care of him and the Dialysis Medical Care Center in Terre Haute and spoke very highly of them. Jeff's love for children also had him dressing as Santa during the holidays and spreading Christmas cheer to all.
Jeffrey is survived by his sister, Verna Ruddock-White and her husband Paul White of Rosedale; niece, Rae Jean White of Palm Harbor, Fla. He also is survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins of the Herb/Ruddock families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and a brother, Donald Patrick Ruddock.
Per his wishes, cremation was chosen. Mattox-Wood Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fontanet F.A.C.T. or the Moose Lodge in Brazil.
A celebration of Jeff's life will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at the F.A.C.T. building in Fontanet with the Rev. Bill Herb sharing a memorial and dinner will follow. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at:
www.mattoxwood.com
Published on November 29, 2017
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