Rudy was born on Nov. 26, 1922, on the family farm near Quinton, Sask. He was the ninth of 17 siblings. “The first time I went into action it was as a stretcher bearer in Italy. We were carrying this wounded fellow, me and three others, and because I was wounded too, I had to take a break. We put the stretcher down and one of the legs landed right on top of a mine. The fellow we were carrying was killed and the other fellas were thrown in the air. That bothers me to this day, because I was the one who needed a break.” Rudy passed away in Red Deer, Alta., on October 27, 2015.