John Allen Rudenberg

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died February 25th, 2020

John Allen Rudenberg, 52, passed away Tuesday afternoon, February 25, 2020 at his home in Escanaba with his family surrounding him after battling cancer.

He was born on December 3, 1967 in Bloomington, MN, son of Francis A. and Patricia A. (Lindquist) Rudenberg. John was raised in Bloomington, MN and Evensville, IN. His family moved to Gladstone where he graduated from Gladstone High School in 1986.  He then attended Michigan Tech University followed by Bay de Noc Community College. While he was going to Michigan Tech he worked as a DJ at Classmates Bar.  He also worked as a mechanic for Riverside Auto and then Verso for over 15 years in the craft mill.

On June 15, 1996 John married Kathleen J. Holmes in Gladstone.

John served in the National Guard.

He was a member of the Eagles Club.

John was an outdoor enthusiast enjoying hunting, fishing and camping with his family.

Among survivors include his wife, Kathy; children, Jonathon Kolaske of Escanaba, Jesseca Kolaske of Escanaba, Nicole (Gabe) Trottier of Perkins and Halley Rudenberg of Escanaba; grandchildren, Dalton Kolaske, Dominic Kolaske, Frankie Jean Kolaske, Zander Teeple, Lorenzo Teeple, Freyja Trottier; siblings, Ed (Claudia) Rudenberg, Sharon Skjolaas, Kathy Larson, Connie (Chuck) Freyberger, Debbie Gray; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 29th from 3-5 at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba with the funeral service to follow at 5 p.m. with Pastor Tony Morrison officiating.  At the conclusion of the service a luncheon will take place at the Eagles Club.

Burial will be at Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.

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6 Tributes to “John Allen Rudenberg”

  1. Kathy and family
    So sorry to hear of Johns passing. May our Heavenly Father bless him with eternal peace 🙏

  2. Had lots of Laughs with John at work..He was a Wonderful Guy..and Will be Missed.. RIP

  3. Our sincere condolences Kathy and family. May the good memories help sustain you in this time of grief. RJ & Lisa Cooper

  4. We will forever miss your beautiful smile, your love of life and your great sense of humor. We have wonderful memories and shall cherish them forever. Rest well dear friend you did good and your legacy lives on in your children and grandchildren. Hope the angels are playing your Rick music loudly and you are rocking it out.

  5. I want to express my deepest sympathy to John’s entire family at this time of sorrow. I had the pleasure of knowing John and watching him grow up for several years. Thoughts and Prayers come your way as John is laid to rest. May the memories help you through this difficult time.

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