Lawrence E. Rudge


Lawrence E. "Larry" Rudge, of Mercer passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 2019, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Larry was born on Aug. 29, 1943, in Sharon and was the first born to Frank and Florence (Bombeck) Rudge.
In his youth, Larry participated in a swim match at St. John's church in Sharon, where he was known as the best "back swimmer." He also loved to water ski.
Larry was a 1963 graduated of Sharon High School. After high school, Larry received his Pennsylvania Life Insurance Policy License and a real estate license for Pennsylvania and Texas.
Larry also attended Mount Vernon Bible College, where he grew spiritually with the Lord.
Larry served in the Army and National Guard and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.
Larry held employment at Sharon Steel and Howell Industries. He also had experience with carpentry and construction work, but mostly enjoyed lawn care, cutting grass and minor landscaping jobs.
Other hobbies include traveling, playing chess, watching WWE wrestling, and his motorcycle. He especially enjoyed listening to music.
In his earlier years, Larry moved to El Paso, Texas. He also lived in New Mexico and Colorado. After returning home, Larry met his wife of 36 years, Laura (Bair). Early in their relationship, they hitch-hiked out west (for fun). They also enjoyed music, motorcycling and amusement parks together.
Larry attended Teen Challenge in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and graduated from the two-year course.
Larry loved the Lord and supported many local ministries including Bill Rudge Ministries, Jewish Jesus, Feed the Children, Daystar and St. Jude's Hospital.
Larry will be greatly missed by all his family and his pets whom he loved dearly.
Larry will be remembered for his smile, kind generosity and his hugs. He loved to hug.
Surviving include his wife, Laura Rudge, at home; four daughters and two stepdaughters, Marie Anderson (Brian) Boardman, Ohio, Christina Rudge Scott, Hermitage, Sarah Rudge (Adam Zarrillo) Struthers, Ohio, Mary Rudge, Hubbard, Ohio, Deborah Ford (David) Brookfield, Ohio, and Jennifer Miscall, Mexico; 18 grandchildren, Cassandra, Alaina, Shenia, Tucker and Tyler Anderson, Christiana, Brice, Journey, Kambria, Adonaia and Enock Scott, Makencey Wright, Brian Bagnall Jr. and Luke Zarrillo, Alexa McBryan (Sees) and Austin Sees, Kaylee Miscall and Victor, Jr.
Larry is also survived by three brothers and one sister, Ken Rudge, Sarasota, Fla., Bill Rudge (Karen) Hermitage, Frank Rudge (Kelly), Hermitage, and Karen Heutche (Ted) Dewitt, Mich.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Frank Rudge; his mother, Florence (Bombeck) Rudge; and a brother, Jeffrey, who passed away at the age of 7.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bill Rudge Ministries, P.O. Box 108, Sharon, PA 16146 or Transformation Church, South Center Street Ext., Grove City, PA 16127.

Lawrence E. "Larry," 75, of Mercer.
Calling hours: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday (8-11-19) and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday (8-12-19) at JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Friends may sign guestbook at www.flynnfuneral
Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. William John Rudge Sr., Larry's brother, officiating.
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.
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Tim and Tammy Sohayda
Aug 11, 2019
Praying for comfort for your family, blessings in your memories and peace in your hearts knowing your Daddy is with his Heavenly Father experiencing joy beyond measure.
Scott Lewis
Aug 10, 2019
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Sandra Lutz
Aug 10, 2019
Sorry I couldnt be there in person but I'm there with you in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for comfort, peace, and strength. We all love you.
Karen Pollock
Aug 09, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Prayer for the Rudge family at this difficult time .
Lois Rust-Simons
Aug 08, 2019
So sorry for your loss you will all be in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss