Rudolphe M. "Rudy" Houde
MANCHESTER - Rudolphe ""Rudy"" M. Houde, 95, of Manchester, died peacefully on Jan. 10, 2017, at Catholic Medical in the presence of his family. He was born in Manchester on Aug. 27, 1921, the son of Philemon and Marie (Montminy) Houde, and had been a lifelong resident of the city. He started his musical career at the age of five with the Phil Houde Orchestra, which included his father, Phil, on the trumpet, his sister, Lillian Houde Rheault, on the drums, his sister, Florence Houde Allard, on the piano and himself playing the saxophone and clarinet. Rudy was a West High School graduate in 1939. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was an electrical specialist, working on B-24 and B-29 aircrafts in Italy and later in Guam during the war. He continued his musical career in 1936 with the Queen All Girls Band. He played music with Bob Hall and Wayne French in Concord. In 1964, he joined the Ray Morin Orchestra, where he played at the American Legion and Sweeney Post until the early 1990s. In 1946, Rudy was part owner of Vet's Spa Restaurant in Suncook. Rudy was also a successful commercial real estate owner in Manchester, starting in 1963. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Manchester Country Club and Intervale Country Club where he was affectionately known as ""Rudy The Houde"". He was also a lifelong member of Ste. Marie Parish. Family members include his sister, Florence Allard, of Bedford; his nieces and nephews, Janice Aubin and her husband, David, of Manchester, David Rheault and his wife, Susan, of Manchester, Ronny Allard and his wife, Louise, of Bedford, Maurice Allard and his wife, Anita, of Goffstown, and Claudette Gotsegan and her husband, Robert, of Meredith; along with several great-nephews and -nieces, and great-great-nephews and -nieces, including his namesake, Blake Rudy. He was predeceased by a sister, Lillian Houde Rheault, in 2006, and by a nephew, Gerry Allard, in 2005. . SERVICES: Visitation will be at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 250 Coolidge Ave., Manchester, on Friday from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday morning at 10 in Ste. Marie Church. Burial with military honors will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. To view Rudy's Online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit www.phaneuf.net.
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