Richard “Dick” Rudrick

November 03, 1940 ‒ January 11, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Richard “Dick” Rudrick, age 77, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Mansfield, Ohio on November 3, 1940 to the late Frank and Emma (Russ) Rudrick.

Dick graduated from Centerburg High School in 1958 and then became a mechanic. He worked as a mechanic for car dealerships in the central Ohio area for over 40 years.  A big part of Dick’s life was drag racing and he spent of 45 years racing at Pacemakers and any other race track he could find.  He loved racing his 1964 Barracuda and people knew both him and his car.  Once he retired from his trade he spent his time taking care of Pacemakers and making sure the grass was in pristine shape. He was also an avid Buckeyes fan, but most of all he enjoyed being around his family.  He moved on to a faster track and has god speed.  Everyone had great respect for Dick, and he will be missed by all that knew him.

He is survived by his children, Rodney (Lori) Rudrick, Michael Rudrick, Melissa (Frankie) Snyder; grandchildren, Kevin (Lauren Woolson) Rudrick, Ryan Rudrick, Josie Ann Snyder; brothers, Robert (Judy) Rudrick, Frank (Pat) Rudrick; and several nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Dick is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Schonauer) Rudrick.

Friends may call on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 3-7:00 PM with a funeral service on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 with Pastor Marvin Haught officiating. A private graveside will take place in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Knox County Foundation Hospice Fund, P.O. Box 309 Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 or American Cancer Society Central Region-Knox, 5555 Frantz Rd., Dublin, Ohio 43017.

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  • So sorry to hear, condolences to the entire extended Rudrick family. God speed to an Ohio racing legend!

  • Johnny and Belinda McIntosh send their deepest sympathy to the family. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

  • So sorry to hear about your dad he was one of the good guys he was one of the best drag racers and took his racing very seriously and was always there to lend a hand I remember he was the first to help me with an old tow bar so I could get my car to the track l used that for several years Dick was one of a kind and he will be missed RIP MY FRIEND and we know the first thing you will be doing up there in heaven challengeing the big guy to a drag race

  • So sorry to hear of Dicks passing .. Condolences to the family . I will think of Dick and Family often and fondly ….

  • Condolence to the whole Rudrick family. Dick was a well liked man at the races and will be missed.
    Joe & Lorie Jackson

  • My sympathy to the Rudrick family, Dick will be missed by all who knew him, I will especially miss seeing him at Pacemakers roaring down the track in his “Cuda”. He never passed by without saying a kind hello, God bless him on his new track!

  • So sorry for your loss. He will surely be missed by many. Your Dad was one of the best racers and most caring person I have ever met. He never met a stranger and was good to everyone. Remembering some of the best times watching your dad at Pacemakers. Sending prayers to all of you.

  • Sympathy to the entire Rudrick family. This could have very well been my brother’s obit. He also would have been 77, graduated from high school in 1958, raced at Pacemakers, National Trail and around the country in his car “Shroyer’s Shaker ” and was part of the Rod Shop Racing Team. Dick died at 52 from lung cancer. I bet they’re racing in Heaven. Our losses are Heaven’s gain for sure. God Bless old drag racers!