Rudolph Black Sr.


Rudolph J. Black Sr., 77, of Ney, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2013, in the CHP Defiance Area In-patient Hospice Center.

He was born Oct. 3, 1935 in Monroe, Michigan and was the son of Andrew and Mary (Major) Black.

Rudolph is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Helen (Craig) Black, who he married on Dec. 7, 1955. He is also survived by three sons, Rudolph Black Jr. of Ney, Cory (Tammy) Black and Joshua (Jessica Perez) Black all of Defiance; daughters, Kim (Jimmy) Harrill of Madisonville, Tenn., Pam Black and Denise Young both of Ney, Lori (Rick) Baldwin of Deltona, Fla., Michelle (Randy Rocholt) Headley of Hudson, Ind. and Julie (Dan Diamond) Black of Antwerp; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, eight sisters and four great grandchildren.

Rudolph served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Also know as the "booty doctor," he worked for many years at the GM Powertrain until his retirement in Oct. 1993. Rudolph was a life member of the Defiance VFW Post 3360, loved the outdoors, helping people and spending time with his four dogs and his grandchildren.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, from 2-8 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

A funeral service to celebrate his life will be Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home with Pastors Paul Ellis and Randy Wilson officiating.

Burial with military honors provided by VFW Post 3360 will be in Poplar Ridge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the CHP Defiance Hospice. Online condolences may be made at

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