Love & AAFES

In 1946, he was a cartographer for Willys-Overland Motors in Toledo, Ohio. While working at LaSalle and Koch retail store as a display artist, he met Pauline. Less than one year later they were married on June 11, 1948.

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Rudy was an artist for the Toledo Blade newspaper company. The 1939 Depression forced Rudy and his wife to move in with his parents in New York City to find work. In 1951 he purchased their first home in Levittown, Long Island, New York. Rudy and Pauline had three children: Theresa, Rudy Junior, and Kathy. In 1953 Rudy worked as a Production Artist for five years in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY with the Corydon M. Johnson Company preparing art past-ups and mechanicals for printing.

Below is a photograph of Rudy with his daughter, Theresa, watching him as he painted.

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In 1959 he became Art Branch Manager for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). He was stationed in Wiesbaden and Nuremburg, Germany for six years. In 1965, the family returned to New York City. A year later the AAFES headquarters moved to Dallas, Texas where the they followed. The years 1973-1975 were spent in Honolulu AAFES Pacific headquarters. Rudy moved back to Dallas and retired from AAFES in 1985. The same year, he began working for Tuesday Morning as Director of Store Planning. He worked there for ten years and retired in 1996.

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