Rudolph L. "Rudy"'s Story

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Mr. Rudolph L. Laine, Retired Lt. Colonel, United States Army, age 73, of Stowe, Vt., passed away suddenly on Friday, August 19, 2016. He was the loving husband to Elaine F. (Harold) Laine with whom he shared 41 years of marriage.
Rudy was born July 24, 1943, in Gloucester, loving son of the late Rudolph and M. Esther (Clark) Laine. He was a resident of Stowe, Vt., for the past 12 years and previously resided in Virginia and grew up in Gloucester, a graduate of Gloucester High School. He went on to further his education at Norwich University and received his B.S. in Education in 1966. He was a graduate of Saint Francis College in Indiana and earned his Master’s in Education in 1974.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1967 as a Second Lieutenant and commanded four Combat Companies. He served as Battalion Operations Officer, Inspector General for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command and retired as Personnel Analyst for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. Rudy retired from the Army in 1990 after serving 23 years and held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After retiring from the military, Rudy founded Propman, a property management company in Northern Virginia, and eventually managed over 200 residential properties. In 2003 he sold Propman Property Management and he and Elaine purchased their beautifully landscaped home in Stowe, Vt.
He was a longtime supporter of the Stowe Land Trust, Vermont Ski Museum and Norwich University. He also was a consensus builder and created along with Elaine a beautiful home in Stowe where he would enjoy his family visits and nature. He was an avid pool player, and as Elaine would play her piano in a beautiful family room he designed and had built, he would enjoy shooting pool. He also was an avid and excellent fisherman.
In addition to his loving wife, Elaine, Rudy is survived by his loving daughter, Christina Laine of Cary, N.C.; his two cherished twin grandsons, Alex and Chris Laine; and his aunt, Virginia Hilshey of Gloucester. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Frances Harold of Silver Springs, Fla., as well as Elaine’s two brothers and one sister.
Rudy’s funeral service will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. There will be a time of visitation prior to the Service beginning at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Interment will be in Seaside Cemetery, Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Rudy’s memory be made to the American Legion Auxiliary, Poppy Program, c/o American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters, Attention: Development Division, 8945 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  August 23, 2016
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