Obituary: Weston Rudel
November 27, 2023
Weston Wilfred Rudel, 100, of Fessenden, N.D., passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at St. Aloisius Nursing Home in Harvey, N.D. Memorial Services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023 at First Lutheran Church in Fessenden with Pastor Shirley Teske officiating. Visitation began one hour prior to the service. Burial took place at Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: Wells County Historical Society, P.O. Box 261; or First Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 272, Fessenden, ND 58438.
Weston, son of Herbert E. Rudel and Emma E. (Burgstahler) Rudel was born Sept. 8, 1923 at his Fessenden rural home, where he resided until October 2023. Weston was the last of the grandchildren of Simon and Dorthea Rudel. He was married to Jeannette Georgeson in 1945. They had one daughter, Brenda. His small family was his true Joy – Rod and Brenda, Sabrina and JD, Paizley Ann, Hugh Ellsworth and Etta Grace.
Weston attended the Germantown #2 grade school and graduated from Fessenden High School in 1941, where he played sports, saxophone, sang in chorus and played piano. He also attended Interstate Business College in Fargo. Weston farmed near Cathay, milked cows and owned Brown Swiss and Black Angus cattle. Through the years, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, working with wood, reading, writing and doing yard work.
He was proud to be a part of the Wells County Historical Society and enjoyed the time of helping with the restoration of the Festival Hall. Weston was a lifetime member of the Elks and the Eagles Club. He attended the First Baptist Church in Fessenden, growing up and into early adulthood, and later Shadow Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas where he ushered and greeted for many years. He loved being a snowbird to Arizona and Las Vegas. Weston enjoyed being an extra in movies and he began writing poems, articles and novels in the 70's. His poems are registered with copyrights in the Library of Congress. He read one of his poems at the National Poet Society in Washington, D.C.
On his 100th birthday, he had fun telling Model A stories and travel experiences.
Weston was preceded in death by his parents, numerous aunts and uncles and cousins.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home of Fessenden, N.D.