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Rudolf "Rudy or Opa" Selent

May 4, 1930 — January 3, 2022

Rudolf “Rudy or Opa” Selent, 91, of Syracuse, IN passed away at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Syracuse, IN. He was born on May 4, 1930 in Germany to Friedrich & Marianne Selent.

He grew up in Germany, attended school there, moved to Chicago, IL in the late 1950’s, and lived in Steger, IL from 1967 until he moved to Syracuse in 2018. He was married on October 6, 1962 in Chicago Heights, IL to Erna Baum who survives. He retired in 1993 from Keystone Steel Mill (formerly Chicago Heights Steel Mill) in Chicago Heights, IL after nearly 40 years.

He formerly attended the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights, IL and former member of the Moose Lodge & Dank Club both in Illinois. Rudy was a social butterfly who enjoyed his American Citizenship. He enjoyed the outdoors, German music, German beer, and Schnapps.

He is survived by:

Wife – Erna Selent of Syracuse

2 Daughters – Marlies (Hardy) Look of Syracuse & Monika (Curt) Valente of Crown Point, IN

4 Grandchildren – Chanelle Hawkey, Phillip West, Katrina Valente, and Angelina Valente

2 Gt. Grandchildren - Charlotte & Adelle

Brother – Erich Selent of Colorado

Many Brother & Sister In Laws & nieces & nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers – Walter “Pete” & Stanley “Bob” Selent.

Visitation will be from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN. Funeral services will follow at 5:00 p.m. on Friday in the funeral home. Cremation will take place at Cremation Services of Kosciusko County, 4356 N. St. Rd. 15, Warsaw, IN.

Preferred memorials may be given to the Miller’s Merry Manor BINGO Fund, 500 E. Pickwick Dr., Syracuse, IN 46567.

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Friday, January 7, 2022

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