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William “Bill" Rudicill

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WMSTR Past President
WMSTR Lifetime Member
William “Bill” Abner Rudicill
1939 - 2024

William “Bill” Abner Rudicill, 84, of Burlington, KY passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence, KY.

Bill was born in Burlington, Kentucky in 1939. As a boy, Bill was introduced to many things that would later become lifelong interests.

Bill enjoyed working with his brother on trucks and equipment. This developed into an incredible hobby of restoring and displaying equipment. Later in life, he traveled the country to find forgotten equipment, fix it up, and share it with all generations. He is known by people all over the world for his equipment collections. He was an active member of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion and Bluegrass ATHS Kentucky Chapter. He was also the past president of Historic Construction Equipment Association, and Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club.

In his early years, he lived at his grandfather’s orchard. He learned to appreciate the land, the trees, farming, family, fresh food, and community. Bill also developed an excellent work ethic. With his wife, Mary Sue, he started Belleview Sand And Gravel, a family business that they operated for 36 years. Bill never shied away from hard work. He was willing to work side by side with his employees to get the job done. As a business owner, he was recognized for his commitment to land reclamation multiple times. He felt a deep responsibility to keep the community that he lived in beautiful.

Bill was loved by all who knew him well. He always had a good story to tell. He enjoyed having all of his family close by. He loved his grandchildren and supported them in all their endeavors. Bill had made so many wonderful friends throughout his lifetime, who appreciated his humor and genuineness. He was generous to his community with his time and resources, including his church, Belleview Baptist.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Kathryn Rudicill; his wife, Mary Sue Rudicill (nee Rogers); and his daughter, Deborah Jo Rudicill.

He is survived by his daughters, Susan (Bill) Shuffett, Sandra (Danny) Cupps, and Paula (BJ) Vaske; and his brother, Jim (Carol) Rudicill.

He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Katie (Jamie) Noonan, Myra (Rives) Rash, Christina (Josh) Powell, Cassidy (Jeremiah) Armstrong, Jeremiah Cupps (Anna Doll), Blair Cupps, Luke (Macee) Vaske, Levi (Tris) Vaske, Pollyanna Vaske, Gianna Vaske, Silas Vaske, and Isaac Vaske; and his great-grandchildren, Grace, Will, Harper, T.R., Tyrus, Thaddeus, Mason, Caroline, and Hudson.

Visitation for Bill will be on Friday, May 31, 2024, from 3:00 PM until the time of service at 5:30 PM at Belleview Baptist Church. He will be laid to rest at Belleview Cemetery. A celebration of his life will follow the services at the church. In honor of Bill, antique equipment tractors, cars, and trucks are encouraged to be displayed by friends and family around the church and downtown Belleview.

Memorial contributions can be made to Belleview Baptist Church.

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Since Bill liked old equipment, trucks and tractors, the family requested that people bring theirs to the church and share them with friends and family in honor of Bill. With the help of Tom Neumann, we're taking several pieces down to Kentucky for the service. Rest in peace Bill, you will be greatly missed.