Conroy Funeral Home

Rudolf Karl Wendt



Service: 12:00pm Sat. April 24th, 2021
Location: Conroy Funeral Home
Wendt, Rudolf Karl, 88, of Springfield, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 following a brief illness. Rudolf, or Opi, as he was most commonly referred to later in life, was born on October 23, 1932 in Riga, Latvia. The son of the late Emil and Alexsandra, Rudolf endured many tumultuous years of post war Europe, and was on his own at a young age. He met his future wife Vera after moving to Juanjelgava, Latvia, where they later married and welcomed a son, Nick. In 1958, the family fled what was then Soviet-controlled communist Latvia, and settled in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1964, Rudolf, Vera, and Nick left Germany and relocated to Springfield, Ohio, to join other family members who had immigrated to the area. After arriving in Springfield, he promptly began working at Eagle Tool & Machine Company, where he worked for 38 years. Opi was an accomplished dancer, woodworker, baker, and a handyman who had a knack at fixing most anything. He was preceded in death by his wife Vera; his parents; and siblings, Eugen, Valentina, Hedwig, and Harry. He leaves behind a son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Beth Wendt; granddaughter and her husband, Emily and Colm Botkin; grandson and his wife, Alexander and Caitlin Wendt; and the absolute joys of his life, three great-grandchildren, George and Bridget Botkin, and Cecelia Wendt. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m. in CONROY FUNERAL HOME. Visitation will begin two hours prior, beginning at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. The family would like to thank Hospice of Dayton for their support and care. Rudolf will be missed by many who knew his ornery, stubborn spirit. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rudolf’s memory to Hospice of Dayton or International Committee of the Red Cross.


My deebest condolences to you Nick and your family I am so sorry for uncl Rudolf Rudolf was so nice and kind to me Every time with the smile I wish he can rest in peace He will be in my heart forever My best wishes to all of you Iwanna Andschan Friday April 23 ,2021

- Iwanna Andschan, Friday April 23rd, 2021

Sharing our deepest sympathy with Nick, Beth, and family. As Rudy’s death is mourned, let us also celebrate the full life he lived. Rudy’s personality, talents, craftsmanship and love was abundant; and how he enjoyed sharing that - especially with his loved ones! Rudy’s spirit will live on through the photos and all the great memories shared by the generations -his grandchildren and great grandchildren; that he loved so and inspired! Rudy will be dearly missed, but each memory will surely bring a smile and warm the heart💞💗😍

- Deb & Steve Dawson, Friday April 23rd, 2021

We send you are deepest condolences to You Nick and your ffamily. I imagine your dad is with your mom and other friends dining, dancing and laughing the way they once did many years ago.

- Anita and Michael Behnen, Friday April 23rd, 2021

So sorry for your loss. He was one of my favorite customers at Kroger

- Lori Jones , Thursday April 22nd, 2021

Our deepest condolences to you Nick, and your family. Rodney and I both have fond memories of working with Rudy at Eagle Tool. Rudy was always so very nice and positive and so easy to talk with. I'm sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man.

- Rodney & Tammy Hickman, Thursday April 22nd, 2021

We are so very sorry for your loss. Your dad always had such a sweet smile when he came into the barber shop! We will really miss him. Prayers for God to comfort you all during this time!

- Kely roe, Tuesday April 20th, 2021

Dear Wendt Family, We would like to express our sincerest condolences on the passing of Opi. I especially remember his always positive spirit and energy. We are very sorry for your loss and you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

- Howard and Leslie, Monday April 19th, 2021

So sorry to hear about Opi. Truly a good man. Our thoughts and prayers

- Mike/Terri Murphy, Monday April 19th, 2021

Ich möchte Euch hiermit mein aufrichtig empfundenes Beileid aussprechen. In diesen schmerzvollen Stunden bin ich in Gedanken bei Euch.

- Gisela Pfützner, Saturday April 17th, 2021

Dear Nick & Beth and Family, I am thinking and praying for you and are very sorry for your loss. Please be comforted by all of the good memories. Alan thought a lot of Opi, and now they can meet again. That is comforting too. God bless Opi; may he rest in peace. And God bless your entire family, which I know the family meant so much to him. Love, Marilyn

- Marilyn Manley, Saturday April 17th, 2021

Meine aufrichtige Anteilnahme am Verlust eures geliebten Verwandten und herzliche Grüße aus Deutschland. I am very sorry for your loss... sending lots of love and greetings from Germany... Rebekka

- Rebekka Gruber, Friday April 16th, 2021

A loving, humorous and kind man. My thought are with the family and those who were close to him in his final months. I feel blessed that I had spend some times with him. May he rest in peace! Benny and Birte

- Benny from Berlin Germany, Friday April 16th, 2021

Dear Family We send you hugs and love and the power to get on without Opi! I knew him since my childhood ! I met him in the small famous Jaunjelgava , in Nuremberg and in Springfield, too ! I hope Rudolf can rest in peace without any pain . He will be in our hearts for ever . Good bye Rudolf ! Our thoughts are with you Charly and Benita

- Benita und Charly, Friday April 16th, 2021

I remember him gladly. He was so kind and always had a funny Story to tell. My condolences and best wishes to all of you.

- Anna Fritsch, Potsdam, Germany, Friday April 16th, 2021

So sorry to hear about Opi. Truly a good man. Our thoughts and prayers

- Mike/Terri Murphy, Friday April 16th, 2021