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Rudolph Walter Zalobny

December 9, 1935 ~ May 28, 2022 (age 86)
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Rudolph W. Zalobny, 86 of Somerville, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022 in College Station. A Celebration of his life will be held, Friday, June 3, 2022, at 2:00 pm @ the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Harvey Abke officiating. The Burial will follow in Snook Cemetery. The visitation will be held Thursday, June 2, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., also at the funeral home.

Rudy was born December 9, 1935, in Chriesman, Texas to parents William “Bill” Zalobny and Mary Rose (Repa) Zalobny.

Rudolph Zalobny, also known as “Daddy”, “Rudy”, “HemanBo”, “Bo” and “Papaw” lived the majority of his fruitful life in Deanville, TX., on the beautiful Zalobny Homestead. If you’ve ever been to the Surrey Inn Restaurant in Caldwell, TX., or the Deanville City Dump yard, then you definitely knew him. Sipping his sweet tea, meeting no stranger. Rudy retired from the Plumbing Dept. at Texas A & M, but he didn’t stop there. He was a jack of all trades. He knew a lot about a lot and could definitely fix anything. From building houses, working on tractors, working cows, fishing, and gardening for rows on rows of food to feed friends and his family, he was a provider. Rudy worked hard his entire life providing for his family and instilling a work ethic to be reckoned with in  his 3 amazing children, Rodney Zalobny, Debra Benson, and Diana Smith. The backbone behind the man was his loving wife of 65 years marrying July 30, 1957, Rosalie (Poehl) Zalobny. A life they built together, a family conceived out of love, determination, and stubbornness. He loved his family just as hard as he worked. His great grandchildren always looked for their dollar that he would have in his overalls for them every time he would see them.

In recent years, you could catch Rudolph watching Billy Graham on Sundays, faithfully. His family finds comfort in knowing that you could hear him whispering the Lord’s invitation asking Jesus into his heart at the end of Graham’s sermons.

Rudy was preceded in death by his parents, Bill & Mary Rose Zalobny, a grandson, Rodney Zalobny Jr. a sister, Mary Smotek and a brother Zeke Zalobny.

Rudy is survived by his loving family wife, Rosalie Zalobny of Somerville, TX., a son, Rodney Zalobny and wife Dorothy of Caldwell, TX., 2 daughters, Debra K. Benson and Diana Smith 3 grandchildren, Crissy Cargill, Mikey Zalobny, and Kirby Smith, 11 great grandchildren; Kaylynn, Jacob, Chase, Ethan, Gunner, Layla, Alexis, Blake, Logan, Jaelee and Destiny.

Serving as pallbearers will be; Chase Zalobny, Logan Smith, Ethan Zalobny, Blake Zalobny, Kirby Smith, and Jacob Rodriguez

Rudy has a place in God’s Heaven and he’s reunited with his family and friends that preceded him, he will be missed here on Earth. Until that precious day that we meet with him again, we love you Rudy the Zalobny’s your family.

To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store.

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A Memorial Tree was planted for Rudolph

We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Caldwell Location


June 2, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Strickland Funeral Home~Caldwell
530 Hwy 36 South
Caldwell, TX 77836

Funeral Service
June 3, 2022

2:00 PM
Strickland Funeral Home~Caldwell
530 Hwy 36 South
Caldwell, TX 77836

Interment following funeral service
June 3, 2022

Snook Cemetery

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