Melvin George Rudy

Born: Thu., Jul. 17, 1919
Died: Thu., Mar. 23, 2017

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 01, 2017

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Melvin George Rudy, 97, passed away March 23, 2017 at Falling Spring Care Center, Chambersburg. Born July 17, 1919 in York, he was the son of the late Clarence Michael and Clara (Gotwalt) Rudy, Sr. He was the husband of 74 years to Helen R. (Sterner) Rudy whom he married April 5, 1942. Melvin, a World War II Veteran, served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star for heroic action in the South Pacific. Upon his Honorable Discharge he returned to the area managing Agway Stores in Carlisle and Chambersburg. He later retired as a Bookkeeper for the Oliver Oil Company, Chambersburg, with over 15 years of service. Melvin was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chambersburg, where he was a past Sunday School Superintendent, past member of Church Council, and attended the George Hull Bible Class. He was also a past member of the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, Chambersburg and the National AARP. In addition to his wife, Melvin is survived by one daughter, Constance "Connie" E. Eckstine of Tampa, FL; one son, Randy M. Rudy and wife, Mary A. of Elkton, MD; four granddaughters, Marie Whelan, Gina Betz, Michelle Harvey and Rebecca Foss; and nine great grandchildren. Melvin was also preceded in death by one brother, Clarence M. Rudy, Jr.; and two sisters, Neta Campbell and Willetta Enders. A celebration of Melvin's life will be held 11 AM, Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Kelso Cornelius Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Sharon F. Kelly, PhD will officiate. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be sent to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 431 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, PA or to the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, 5051 Letterkenny Road West, Chambersburg, PA 17201-8706. The Kelso Cornelius Funeral Home, Chambersburg, has been entrusted with the arrangements. To share condolences, please visit

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Gerge and JoAnn Sterner
   Posted Thu March 30, 2017
We are sending our deepest sympathy to sister Helen, Connie and family, Randy and Mary and family. You never are alone, you know, When sorrow comes your way for there are those whose thoughts and prayers are with you every day...May Gods love fill your heart with hope, strength and peace at this very difficult time.

Larry and Linda Bray
   Posted Thu March 30, 2017
My family extends to you our deepest condolences. May your memories give you peace and comfort..

Joe Jordan
   Posted Fri March 31, 2017
Mauri, Susan, Karyn and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. May God Bless all of you in this time of loss.