In Loving Memory of

F. Dale Rudloff


F. Dale Rudloff, 74, passed away on the thirtieth of December, 2021 in Clermont, FL. Dale was the husband of Marilyn Rudloff. They shared forty-nine years of marriage together.

Born the twelfth of October, 1947 in Baltimore, MD, Dale was the second son of Edward and Frances Rudloff. He graduated from North Miami High in 1965. Higher education was achieved in and off the shores of Vietnam with the United States Navy followed by the streets of North Miami and Dade County, FL with the North Miami Police Department. Admittedly his greatest teacher was his father. Upon settling his family in Gainesville, FL in 1982, Dale continued as a business owner with his mother and, later, his beloved wife for over two decades. After escaping the humid swamp of Florida in 2005 for the mountains of East Tennessee, he continued working various jobs forever refusing retirement.

Dale was raised and confirmed in the Catholic Church. He enjoyed drag racing, street rodding, classic car restoration, RVing in his motorhome, and Dirty Harry movies. Dale was member of the National Fraternal Order Police Smoky Mountain Lodge #31. He will be remembered as a loving husband, a devoted father, a loyal friend, and a dedicated partner that bled Florida Gator orange and blue.

After seventy-four years roaming the globe, Dale is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his two children, Michael Stephen and Mary Frances; his son-in-law, Mary’s husband Lance Kirsten, and one brother Billy. He was preceded in death by both his parents.

A celebration of Life will be held on the sixteenth of February at four o’clock in the evening at Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville, Tennessee. The interment will follow with a private ceremony at Forest Meadows cemetery in Gainesville, Florida.

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  1. Darlene Yazzie at · Reply

    Marilyn, Mary, and Michael my condolences to you all. May you find.peace in your heart knowing he is still watching over you that won’t ever stop. If there is anything I can help with or anything that you need please let me know. Love you guys

  2. Darlene Metcalf at · Reply

    Marilyn I am so sorry for your loss. We are praying for comfort for you. Love you.

  3. BeWye and Judy Carr at · Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss. Dale will never be forgotten. We had a lot of fun with him.

  4. Bruce Parker at · Reply

    Dale was a great guy with a quick whit and dry humor. We love both he and Marilyn, and wish her the best. He will be missed in our “retired cop” luncheons group and the FOP. He sure had some stories to tell.

  5. Rich and Christine DeBeau at · Reply

    Mary, Our warmest thoughts are with you and your entire family. I remember when I met your mother and father at your and Lance’s wedding, I could see that your dad was the proudest father of the bride, just beeming with joy at his beautiful daughter. You were blessed to have him in your life, and in your heart forever????

  6. Bill and Marilyn Stewart at · Reply

    Marilyn,Mary, and Michael:
    Our sincere condolences for your loss.
    Dale was a dear friend
    Love, Bill and Marilyn

  7. carl litzkow at · Reply

    Please accept our deepest condolences. There was only one Dale. A sharp and wicked sense of humor only a cop could produce. Went on a couple NSRA trips together and Dale and Marilyn always had the coolest cars.

  8. Tabatha Ogle at · Reply

    Marilyn, I am so very sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. I know you loved him dearly. I remember the beautiful quilt that was made especially for him for his service and dedication to our country. I will be praying for you. I love you, my friend. Tabatha

  9. Sharee Cravero Pemberton at · Reply

    Dear Marilyn, Those of us who have lost loved ones understand the grief and emptiness you feel every day. I know what Gary would say here: “Dale, I loved you like a brother.” Because he said those words to me many times. I knew Dale through NM High and he was a terrific guy, always smiling and a great friend to everyone. I hope that Gary welcomed Dale with those inimitable words: “Do you feel lucky, Punk?”

  10. Marilyn Kay Rudloff at · Reply

    And Dale would respond, “well, do you, Punk?”
    So many lines from favorite movies were in his memory bank. Dale and our two children could do a ton of different segments from movies. It brings a smile to my face.
    A very big thank you to all who have relived with me your beloved memories of Dale with us on this site and in person. Michael, Mary, and I are so grateful.

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