Edward John and Gwen Marie Rudolph

  • "Gwen was a college friend whose beautiful and brilliant..."
    - Peter Craycroft
  • "Our community has truly lost some good people in Ed and..."
    - John Winsor
  • "May the road rise up to meet both of you-May the wind be..."
  • "Morgan, Ryan, & Jason - Words cannot express the tragic..."
  • "This is such a shock. I went all through elementary and..."
    - Neila Achter

Edward John and Gwen Marie Rudolph Ed and Gwen Rudolph loved life and lived it to the fullest. On Sunday, July 19th, they were tragically killed in a car accident in Wyoming. Together, Ed and Gwen brought energy, creativity and commitment to their family, their community, and the hearts of friends and family that have been left broken. Some measure of comfort comes from knowing there has been a joyful reunion in heaven with their three children Kristen, Amy and Little Eddie. Ed was born August 31, 1941 to Ed and Loretta Rudolph in Northbrook, Illinois. At age 17 he became the youngest athlete ever to qualify for a US winter Olympic team. He competed in the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympic games as a speed skater. In 1963 he broke the world record in the 500 -meter speed skating event at the World Championships in Japan. Ed was inducted into the speed skating Hall of Fame in 2007. A graduate of Weber State University, Ed was a successful Real Estate developer and owner of The Rudolph Company. He brought the same energy and competitive spirit to business as he had shown in sports, and many local landmarks are the result of his skill and vision. Gwen was born March 6, 1943 to Marjorie and Clarence Lillegard in Morton, Washington. Gwen began her college years at Stanford University and graduated, with Ed, from Weber State. She and Ed were married on August 30, 1967 and began a life of adventure and accomplishments. She was a talented interior designer and a master developer of exquisite gardens. She tirelessly shared the abundance from her gardens with others; their beauty, and the results of her extraordinary design talents, will be wonderful reminders of Gwen for years to come. Ed and Gwen were intimately involved in many organizations and institutions that supported the community they loved, from Penrose Hospital to Goodwill. Ed was awarded the Goodwill Foundation's Guiding Light Award and in 2006 was named a recipient of Goodwill's Colorado Springs Community Partner Award. Both Gwen and Ed enjoyed the outdoors with passion and joy. Skiing and boating with their family were tops in a long list of outdoor pursuits. Indeed, their happiest times were riding ATVs with their much loved grandchildren. Even in light of their remarkable professional and personal achievements, Ed and Gwen would wish to be remembered most for the love they shared with their family. It defined them, delighted them, made them who they were. Their lives, while tragically short, were rich with the love and laughter of those they loved, and who will love them always in return. Ed and Gwen are survived by sons Jason (wife Emilie) and Ryan (wife Rho); daughter Morgan (husband Adam); grandchildren Jake, Ben, Eddie, Max, and another on the way; brothers and sisters Don and Rita Lillegard, Tom and Sally Adkison, Gordy Rudolph and many nieces and nephews. The lives of Gwen and Ed are a model of courage and resilience. They inspire us to come back from great tragedy and not only to survive, but to thrive and take every bit of joy that life can offer. And they remind us that our time is limited, and the good times should not wait. It is a lesson that will sustain all who love them in the difficult times ahead. Services are planned for Saturday, July 25th at 10 am, at First Presbyterian Church downtown, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send donations to: the Educational Foundation for the grandchildren of Ed and Gwen Rudolph at Bank of the Broadmoor, 155 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

Published in The Gazette from July 23 to July 24, 2009