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Rudolph "Rudy" A. Gapko – Obituary

Name: Rudolph "Rudy" A. Gapko

Age: 91

Born: 06-27-1929

Died: 06-29-2020

Visitation:
Daniel Funeral Home, St. Joseph, Minnesota

Service:
St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Joseph, Minnesota


Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Rudolph “Rudy” A. Gapko, 91, of St. Joseph.  Rudy passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Mother of Mercy Care Center in Albany.  Reverend Jerome Tupa, OSB will officiate.  Burial with military honors will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Joseph.

Rudy was born on June 27, 1929 in Cudahy, Wisconsin to the late Andrew and Stephania (Kondolka) Gapko.   After high school, Rudy proudly served in the US Navy on the USS Tolovana during the Korean Conflict.  Rudy relocated to Minnesota to attend St. John’s University where he obtained his teaching degree and met his future wife.  He married Leona M. Simon on May 29, 1961, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph and they resided all of their married lives in St. Joseph.  Rudy was employed as a Junior High Social Studies Teacher in Albany for all of his teaching career. He also coached wrestling for many years and helped with track events.  Rudy spent his summers painting homes in the St. Joseph community.  Rudy retired from teaching in 1992 and began working with the College of St. Benedict during his retirement years.  He was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish, the St. Joseph American Legion Post #328, volunteered at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Benedict’s Monastery, and with RSVP.

Rudy was an avid golfer, spending 30 + years golfing the Albany golf course with friends.  He also enjoyed biking with Leona around St. Joseph (putting hundreds of miles on each summer and riding until he was 89). Rudy spent many hours in his flower and vegetable gardens and was known for sharing his produce.  He loved to go fishing and enjoyed fishing with his grandsons and family.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Jason) Barker of Richmond; grandsons, Jordan and Jake; sisters-in-law, Marlene Kucej and Judy Kucej; and many nieces, nephews, and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona in 2014; son, Brian in 2017; and siblings, Mary Gapko, Andy Gapko, John Gapko, Stephanie Heinz, Frank Kucej, David Kucej and Paul Kucej.

A heartfelt thank you to the staff of the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Benedict’s Center, Mother of Mercy Campus and CentraCare Hospice for their compassionate care.

Guestbook for Rudolph "Rudy" A. Gapko


Sue Meers
, Friend
July 18, 2020, 8:46 pm
I am so sorry to hear of Rudy's passing. I don't receive the paper so did not know until seeing his obituary on the funeral home site. Rudy and I talked often when we saw each other. He was a fine man. Lisa I know you and your family will miss him. "Death is not extinguishing th light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come:
MARY DULLINGER
, Friend
July 3, 2020, 12:07 pm
Sorry to hear of Rudy's passing.I car pooled with him and Bob J. for many years. He was a real softie on the inside. He often talked about you and Brian with pride and love. Till we meet again.

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