Rudolf (Ruedi) Edward Vest
August 21, 1930 - August 4, 2016
Rudolf Edward Vest (Ruedi) passed away suddenly August 4 due to a heart attack. Ruedi was born August 21, 1930 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, 15 minutes before the unexpected arrival of his twin brother, Richard. He went to school at St. Bernard's Episcopal Boarding School in Peapack-Gladstone, N.J. during World War II because his father was in the United States Army in London as an interpreter and his mother was a supervisor in a Wright-Patterson shipyard.
After the war the family moved to Lincoln, Ore. Ruedi traveled 23 miles a day for his senior year at Ashland High School. He became interested in theater and played Henry Aldrich in the senior play.
Before Ruedi began SOC he spent a year in the United States Navy on the USS Wiltsie. At SOC he was a literature and math major. He was active in theater and Angus Bowmer was his mentor. He was a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival company for four years between 1950 and 1957. In those years he also spent a year with the Bishop's company touring the country playing "Billy Budd" in churches. He graduated in 1957 after spending time in the United States Air Force as a gunner in the Korean War.
He married Emilie Connor March 13, 1965 in San Francisco. They met when both had parts in the play "Night Must Fall." After daughter Isabel was born they moved to Mountain View, Calif. and after the birth of Dorothy to Los Altos, Calif. where they lived 40 years before moving in 2008 to Talent, Ore. Ruedi retired from Lockheed in 1992 as a logistic engineer.
After retiring Ruedi took up acting in earnest, working in theaters from Los Altos to Palo Alto to Berkeley to Orinda to Mendocino, and even Half Moon Bay, California. His favorite roles were Jeeter in "Tobacco Road," Willy in "Death of a Salesman," and the Stage Manager in "Our Town" which he played twice. His last role was in "All the King's Men" at Camelot.
He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland, Ore. and the Ashland Elks. He delivered meals for Food and Friends in Talent and Ashland, Ore.; he enjoyed taking OLLI classes and he loved his shift in the Chamber of Commerce information kiosk on the plaza.
He is survived by Emilie, his wife of 51 years; two daughters, Isabel Vest Damian of Los Altos, Calif. and Dorothy Vest of Chico, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Joseph Rudolfo and Anna Isabela Damian of Los Altos, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolf Edvard Vest Sr. and Mildred Dando; and his brother, Richard.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland, Ore. or any charity of your choice.