John Wayne “Buddy” Rudolph, a beloved child of God, passed away May 26, 2014. He fought a courageous battle with cancer. His family was blessed by witnessing him face it with dignity and ultimately acceptance. John talked about death and the courage needed to face mortality as his mother was going through numerous medical issues in the last years of her life. His loved ones witnessed him applying the same courage at the end of his own life. John was a great man because of how he lived his life and he was an example for those who were fortunate to have known him.

John was born on July 7, 1941 in Jacksboro, Texas. He spent his childhood in Bryson, Texas, where he graduated from high school in 1959. He then proceeded with his education and he graduated from Texas Wesleyan College in 1962.

He worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in both Dallas and New York City. He retired from Blue Cross and spent the remainder of days enjoying life in the beautiful state of New York. John loved the theatre and spent many evenings attending productions on Broadway. John always had a special place in his heart for animals. The folks from Texas who were able to travel to New York and visit John, were treated to the many beautiful and marvelous sites that New York City and upstate New York have to offer.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alta Rudolph, his partner of many years, Edger White, and his brother-in-law, Walter Beck.


He is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Carroll and Jack Quisenberry of Tyler, Texas; Jane Beck of Friendswood, Texas; and Mary and Earl Ward of Weatherford, Texas, his three nephews and their wives, Andy and Tammy Easterling of Cedar Hill, Texas; Alan and Kristi Easterling of Burleson, Texas; and Kevin and Nikki Beck of Chicago, Illinois, as well as his New York family, Lynne Padilla, Brian Behan, and Xavier Macias.

As it is written in a book about another great man, John’s life contains material for normal human development, through mingled joy and sorrow, labor and rest, adversity and success, and through the tender loves of childhood, maturity, and age. We cannot but believe that it is just for countless quiet, simple lives like John’s, that God made and upholds this earth.