CHAMPAIGN – Rudolph R. Melzer Jr., 85, passed away on Saturday (Oct. 22, 2016) at Heartland Healthcare Center in Champaign.
He was born on May 21, 1931, in Taylorville to Rudolph and Maria (Hielscher) Melzer Sr. Rudolph married LaVerne Altman on Dec. 28, 1952, in Taylorville.
Rudolph is survived by his wife; son, Rudy (Donna) Melzer III; brother, Monroe (Helen) Melzer; sisters, Rudolphine Pranske and Betty Jane Waterman; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Rudolph was a 12-year veteran in the U.S. Air Force and he served during the Korean War. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 391 in Tolono for over 50 years.
He enjoyed buying and selling cars and working as pit crew for drag racing. He loved riding motorcycles across the country with his wife.
A memorial celebration of Rudolph's life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Sunset Funeral Home, 710 N. Neil St., Champaign. Dorey Riegel will officiate. Memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made in Rudolph's name to the American Cancer Association or the American Lung Association.