Glenn Rudolph Erickson
Rudolph Erickson, 82, of Mexia, passed away Oct. 30, 2013, at his residence. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. at Mexia Cemetery, with Keith Schroeder officiating. Family visitation will be held Friday evening, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Rudolph was born July 7, 1931, in Coolidge, to Vernon and Dail Vines Erickson. He was a 1949 graduate of Mexia High School. He received a music scholarship to Navarro Junior College. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Connally Air Force Base and playing in the USAF Band. He was honorably discharged in 1952.
Rudy was a naturally awesome fast-pitch softball player, whether it be pitching, outfield or first base, and one of the best hitters ever. He played on the Groesbeck All-Star team that won the State Championship Tournament in 1954 and advanced to the world fast-pitch softball tournament in Phoenix. He played many, many games for several different teams and never lost his love for the game.
After playing, he and Papa Joe Stevens coached the women’s team, “The Renegades.” He was very proud of his winning team, and Coach Rudy loved his girls. Most of his life was spent at ballparks all around the state. He was a devout fan of the Texas Longhorns, the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys.
In 1981, he married Judy Dunblaizer Hamilton, and together they shared four children, Donny, Deanna, Wendi and Jason.
He walked many a mile for the Mexia Post Office before retiring. He loved doing woodwork and making things. One of his favorite pastimes was going to coffee and sharing wisdom with all his coffee buddies.
He loved spending time with his grandkids. He was a much-loved husband, daddy and grand-daddy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Dolly Brotherton and Dulcie Verble; son Donny Glenn Erickson; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Erickson; daughters Deanna Strother and husband Danny, and Wendi Hamilton Dunn; son Jason Hamilton and wife Chase; granddaughters Rikki Floyd and husband Carl, Christy Lynn Smith and Brooklyn Dunn; grandsons Keaton and Jax Hamilton and great-grandsons, Jarrett and Cason Floyd.
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Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.