William Rudolph

Obituary of William Hughes Rudolph

William Hughes Rudolph, passed away on February 23, 2021 at the age of 84 surrounded by family and friends. 


He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Martha and his sister Mary Rogers, his oldest son Timothy (Jeanette), with granddaughters Kristen and Brittany and grandson Timothy II, and younger son Michael with granddaughter Abigail and grandsons Michael Jr., Ryan and Joshua.


He served honorably in the United States Air Force, and worked as an electronic technician for RCA at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base.  He worked as a Range Safety Officer with ordinance.  He held licenses to operate military radars and radio communication stations.  He worked for the Central Intelligent Agency with a clearance above top secret.  He obtained an accounting degree from Rollins College.  He also worked for DBA Systems and Harris Corporation before starting his own consulting business. 


He loved to work with wood making many of the items around the house.  He operated a wood lathe using black walnut to make bowls and candle stick holders.  Bill loved to go shooting in his younger years and fished to the last month of his life.  He kept his boat at Honest Johns Fish Camp and was the longest returning customer to date.  He served as a librarian while in the Air Force as a collateral duty.  He enjoyed going to garage sales to look for and buy books.  He found great satisfaction in negotiating contracts and the sales price of any item.


He would spend as much time as possible with family.  He volunteered with the Gideon’s placing Bibles in many hotel rooms. He served with the Boy Scouts of America Space Coast District as the District Executive.  He completed the Wood Badge Training Program at Camp Lanoche.


Please donate to the Gideon’s, the International Mission Board or the First Baptist Church of Melbourne instead of sending flowers, though flowers will be welcomed.


Viewing and visitation will be held from 5 – 7 pm on Wednesday, March 3rd at Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care; 1001 Hickory St. in Melbourne.

Funeral service is at 10:30 am on Thursday, March 4th at First Baptist of Melbourne, 3301 Dairy Rd., in Melbourne.


Bill will be laid to rest in the local military cemetery with Military Honors. 


Too this day a United States of America flag still flies proudly in the front yard of his former residence.

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Viewing and Visitation

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care
1001 South Hickory St.
Melbourne, Florida, United States
(321) 724-2222

Funeral Service

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Thursday, March 4, 2021
First Baptist Church of Melbourne
3301 Dairy Rd.
Melbourne, Florida, United States
(321) 723-0561
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