Gordon Raymond Rudloff

February 19, 1950 ‒ January 12, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Gordon Raymond Rudloff, 67, of Delaware passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, January 12, 2018 at his residence.

He was born February 19, 1950 in Eastlake, Ohio to the late Raymond and Anne (Snyder) Rudloff and received his bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University in 1972.

Gordon was an agricultural inspection manager for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Apiary and Seed Sections, retiring after 30 years. He wrote the laws for bee keeping and honey collecting which are still in use today.

He loved boating and fishing especially at Lake Erie and he was an avid OSU Buckeye fan.
Survived by his son, John (Chonnel) Woods of Delaware; granddaughters, Julia and Erin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his aunt Liza Gunderman.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Contributions in Gordon’s memory may be made to the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, 1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family.

To share a fond memory of Gordon or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • To my Uncle Gordon’s Family: My deepest sympathy for your loss. Gordon was my half uncle. I am the oldest son of Gordon’s half brother, Glenn William Rudloff. I enjoyed going to Christmas parties at Gordon’s house on East 332nd St., Eastlake, Ohio. All the Rudloffs gathered there for Christmas dinner. We played pool on an old slate billiard table. Gordon was 2 years older than me and I looked up to him like an older cousin. Years later, Gordon helped me spray insecticide on a swarm of yellow jackets living in the bricks of a building that I had to spray paint later. We donned bee suits and hats at night to kill the hornets. A bar was nearby and customers saw us wearing the strange bee suits. We laughed that the scene had to be really strange, especially to the customers who had a few too many beers. This was in downtown Willoughby, Ohio. I designed Gordon’s labels for his honey jars after he graduated from Ohio State University. When I was 11 years old my Grandpa Ray Rudloff, Step Grandma Anne, Gordon, and my brother, Bob Rudloff traveled to Estes National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore. We towed an Apache travel trailer. I got to experience the beauty of this great country during the 2 week vacation. Many fond memories of Uncle Gordon. God bless him. Peace be with you, “Gordy.”

  • To Gordon’s Family: I wanted to express my sympathy on behalf of the Ohio Seed Improvement Association (OSIA) and myself regarding Gordon’s passing. Gordon was a past long-term Board of Director for OSIA and headed the seed regulatory program for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. He was very supportive of OSIA and contributed important important input and suggestions for the association and service to its members. He was also a true friend of Ohio agriculture and his contributions will always be favorably remembered and we will always wish him the best. Lastly, his passing will also be reported at the next OSIA Annual meeting.