BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."
1 Corinthians 13:12
Rudolph David Futato went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at the age of 85, on Feb. 19, 2013.
Rudy was born on April 15, 1927, in New Brighton and was the son of the late John and Anna Kudlitz Futato, who had 11 children, two of whom are still living, Edward Futato and Margaret Futato Wells.
Rudy is survived by his wife, June Elizabeth Kalinoski Futato, whom he married on Nov. 22, 1947. He is also survived by his three children and their spouses, Janice and Norris Moegerle, East Liverpool, Timothy and Heather Futato, Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Mark and Adele Futato, Oviedo, Fla. Rudy was loved by his 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Eric and Daika Moegerle, Amy Moegerle, Margaret Futato, Matthew Futato (who has been waiting in heaven for his "Pappy"), Anna and Jonathan Blakemore, Mollie Futato, William Futato, Evan Futato, Mark Futato Jr., and Anne Futato; and five great-grandchildren.
Rudy served his country in World War II as a Seabee with the U.S. Navy. His construction experience in the Seabees coupled with what he learned from his cabinet-maker father served him well as superintendent of Cook and Anderson Architectural Mill in Beaver for 23 years. He then owned and operated Beaver Falls Wood Products for 43 years.
Rudy faithfully attended the Chippewa Christian & Missionary Alliance Church with his family. Family and family reunions were of great importance to Rudy, as their 30 years of memorable family reunions at the Jersey Shore in Wildwood, N.J., demonstrates.
Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Hill & Kunselman Funeral Home, www.hillandkunselman.com, 3801-4th Ave., College Hill, Beaver Falls.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chippewa Alliance Church, 3629-37th Street Ext. with the Rev. Dr. Robert Frazier and the Rev. Daniel Muir officiating.
A service for the family will follow in the Grandview Cemetery, Big Beaver.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made, if desired, to the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
The Beaver County Special Unit will meet at the church at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday to conduct full military rites.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staffs of Elmcroft Senior Living Memory Care, Gateway Hospice, Heritage Valley Health Systems, and Dr. Eric Ehrenberg for their compassionate care of Rudy in his final days on this earth.
We love you, Pappy. May you rest in peace in the everlasting arms of God.