Jerry was born in Billings March 24th, 1940 to Christian and Ruth Rudio. He passed away March 12th, 2019 from complications of cancer.
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He graduated from Billings Senior High in 1958. He attended Eastern Montana College (now MSU-B) for a year while tending bar at the Circle Inn.
He enlisted in the Army in 1960 and served in Point Barrow, Alaska. His military service was extended because of the Berlin Wall. He was discharged Feb. 19th 1962.
He returned to Billings and tended bar until 1968 and went to work for Mustang Beverage. He then went to work for Briggs Distributing until his retirement in 2000.
He married Mary Lou Tollefson in January of 1969. They were later divorced.
He purchased 10 acres of land along the Yellowstone River in 1973. He remained there the rest of his life. He married Marietta McCullough in Cody, Wyoming on Feb. 27th, 1981. Together they built a log home on their property.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece Gwen Harlan. He is survived by his wife of 38 years; a son Kip Rudio of Tucson, Arizona; sister Elaine Rudio of Billings; sister Nancy Tomicich of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relations.
Memorial services will be at 11 am on Wednesday, March 20 at Smith West Chapel, 304 34th Street W, followed by interment with military honors at Terrace Gardens Cemetery. Memorials to be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared online at www.smithfuneralchapels.com.