Rudolf "Rudy" F. Stang, 96, died Friday, February 22, 2013, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Westminster, Colorado. His beloved wife of 70 years, Ruth Jean Stang, 89, died Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the same facility.
Rudy was born in Cleveland, on September 22, 1916 to Friedrich and Ottilie (Neuman) Stang. He was raised in Independence, Ohio where his parents had established Stang Flowers, a greenhouse and florist business. Rudy graduated from Independence High School in 1934. Ruth was born June 16, 1923 in Cleveland, to Jane (Stephen) and Charles Alfred Weekley. She grew up in Seven Hills and graduated from Parma High School in 1941.
Rudy and Ruth were married October 23, 1942 in Trinity Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Florida. At the time Rudy was in the United States Army Air Corp and stationed at Dale Mabry Field in Tallahassee. After the war, Rudy and Ruth moved into a small house located on the property of Rudy’s parents in Independence, and he went to work for Stang Flowers. In the late 1950’s, following the death of Rudy’s mother and his father’s retirement, Rudy and Ruth took over Stang Flowers and moved into the house formerly occupied by his parents. By this time the family included a son, Jack, and a daughter, Judy. The birth of a second son, Jeffrey, occurred a few years thereafter. Rudy and Ruth operated Stang Flowers until their retirement in 1984. It was truly a family business. Rudy was a skilled florist and manager; it was his calling. Ruth handled the bookkeeping responsibilities as well as countless other jobs. The children and other family members also contributed their labor. Rudy went out of his way to meet the needs of his customers. The work days were long, vacations were infrequent and short, and prices were lower than they should have been; however, the business thrived. Rudy and Ruth were unpretentious and took care to live within their means; qualities they took pains to instill in their children. They formed many deep and lasting friendships; however, their social life primarily revolved around their extended families. Sunday afternoons were usually spent at family gatherings, and the annual Weekley Family Reunion was one of the highlights of their year.
Following their retirement, Rudy and Ruth moved to Elyria, where they made many new friends. They resided there until 2000 when they moved to Broomfield, Colorado to be closer to family. They cherished every opportunity to be with their grandchildren. They enjoyed annual trips to Oregon to visit family there, until failing health no longer permitted travel. While in Colorado, they maintained contact with their many friends from Ohio and their extended family, and nothing pleased them more than a call or visit from faraway friends or relatives. They were faithful Christians. Rudy was a lifelong Lutheran. Ruth was raised a Methodist and became a Lutheran following their marriage. They were members of St. John and Concordia Lutheran Churches in Independence, St. John Lutheran in Elyria, and attended Beautiful Savior Lutheran in Broomfield, Colorado.
Rudy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wilhelm and Art; and sisters, Frieda Stang and Alma Young. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Doris Clague and brother, James Weekley.
Rudy and Ruth are survived by their three children (and spouses), Jack (Nadette) Stang of Corvallis, Oregon, Judy (Bob) Fraunfelder of Evergreen, Colorado and Jeff (Pam) Stang of Westminster, Colorado. They are also survived by Rudy’s brother, Fred of Sunnyvale, California; and by four grandchildren, Bailey and MacKenna Stang of Westminster, Colorado and John and Elizabeth Stang of Corvallis, Oregon.
They were together in marriage for 70 years and died five days apart. They are together again for eternity, resting in peace in the presence of their Lord.
Memorials can be made in Ruth’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148, stjude.org/tributes, Tribute #33026378.
Memorials can be made in Rudy’s name to Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center, St. Louis, MO 63141, LHM.org
Rudy’s and Ruth’s final resting place will be at Mapleshade Cemetery in Independence, Ohio. A Service in their honor will be held 11:30 A.M., Saturday, April 20, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, 1140 W. River Road North, Elyria, (440) 324-4070.