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Indian Lake loses staunch supporter

The Indian Lake community is mourning the loss of longtime area supporter and part-time resident John Rudolph, who passed away Tuesday morning, following a long and hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 88.

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Mr. Rudolph and his wife of 64 years, Mary, were familiar faces in the community as longtime proprietors of The Wedge gift shop in Russells Point.

As a developer, Mr. Rudolph was instrumental in bringing the former LK Restaurant, Short Stop, Cassano’s Pizza King and a community laundromat to east Main Street in Russells Point in the 1970s, giving the village a huge economic boost.

Most recently, Mr. Rudolph donated more than 50 acres of land in Russells Point to the village for its million-dollar walking path project.

Mr. Rudolph was born in Toledo, but made his home in Lima, where he spearheaded a number of major civic and commercial projects and served on many executive boards.

He is best known for putting Westminster, near Lima, on the map as “The Pork Rind Capital of the World” as founder of Rudolph Foods in 1955. The company was featured on an episode of Modern Marvels on the History Channel and is recognized as a top snack food producer, with seven plants in the U.S. and two abroad.

He founded Rudolph Investment Company, Lima, in 1968, and was joined by his son, the late Phil Rudolph, in 1975. Together, they developed numerous commercial real estate projects, office and commercial facilities, residential developments, shopping centers, restaurants and other commercial ventures.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Kathy Rudolph, Susie Cornell, Jim Rudolph and Rich Rudolph; and several grandchildren.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Home, Lima, and one hour prior to a service of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Lima, with Galilee Lutheran Church Pastor David Buchenroth among officiants.

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