Obit: Rudolph, Irene (24 Sep 1912 - 28 Feb 2000)

Contact: Allan Wessel

Surnames: Decker, Reineking, Franz, Vollrath

Irene Rudolph Obituary

Irene Rudolph passed away February 28, 2000 at Sheridan Manor, surrounded by family from an extended illness.

Irene was born September 24, 1912, to Alfred and Amelia Reineking Decker in Greenwood, Wisconsin. She moved to Montana with her family when she was around three years old. As she grew to a teen, she worked for different families on ranches. She married Harry Powell on October 9, 1930 in Hardin, Montana. To them were born 4 children; Alice Mae Morris Fleming, Willis (Bill) Alfred Powell, Addie Marie Goodwin, and Lee Stewart Powell. They ranced at Quietus, Montana until Harry passed away April 20, 1958 at the ranch. She later moved to Sheridan and took care of an old friend Mertie Wiley.

She married George Rudolph in September of 1961 in Sheridan, Wyoming. They lived and worked on several ranches in Montana and Wyoming and then moved to the Trails End where they were caretakers for Manville Kendrick at the Mansion. Later, they retired and lived at 335 N. Custer in Sheridan until George became ill and had to go to Sheridan Manor Nursing Home. Irene could no longer take care of the home and had to sell it and move to Sheridan Square in June of 1999.

She enjoyed family and friends. She was active in the Methodist Church and enjoyed babysitting.

Irene is survived by her husband George of Sheridan Manor; two daughters Alice Morris Fleming of Otter, MT, and Addie Goodwin and her husband Ace of Otter; two sons, Willis Powell and his wife Bobbie of Gillette and Lee Powell and his wife Jackie of Decker, MT; one brother LeRoy Decker and his wife Neta of LaClede, Idaho; 13 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Irene is also survived by 3 stepchildren, Marge Johnson and her husband Vince, John and his wife Pat, Jack and two step daughters-in-law, Carol Rudolph of Sheridan and Carol Rudolph of Canada, 6 step grandchildren, and 11 step great grandchildren. She is also survived by some very special friends Michael and Mary Beth Evers and their sons Joseph and Nicholas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, 1 great-great grandson and one stepson.



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