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July 12, 1931 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Rudolph "Rudy" C. Savoie Jr., 92, of Grand Rapids, MI formerly of Florham Park, NJ passed away peacefully on January 14, 2024 after a long and joyful life. A private family memorial will be held in his honor.
Born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas, Rudy became an Eagle Scout in 1945. His interest in scouting continued later in life when he served as Cub Master for Cub Pack 902 in Texas and as Cub Master for Cub Pack 2 in Florham Park. Rudy attended Rice University and graduated with both a BA degree and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. During this time, he met and married his wife, Marjorie Ann Kimball of Houston.
Rudy began his 35 year career with Exxon in their Baytown, Texas refinery. In later years, he held various management assignments in Houston and New York. He moved to Florham Park in 1969. He also served overseas for 10 years - 4 years as Logistics Manager of Esso Australia and 6 years as Logistics Director of Esso Sekiyu in Japan. He returned to New Jersey in 1986 and enjoyed a long and active retirement.
Rudy was an active member of Chatham United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He served for 12 years on board of RISE, a service project of home repairs by church youth for needy families in Stuben County, NY. He also served in many other church activities, including Trustee, usher and as a long-time financial assistant. In addition to his church activities, he also worked as a volunteer on numerous projects with Habitat For Humanity.
Rudy was a past president of the Chatham Community Band. He played trumpet and French horn with the band for over 35 years. He also played trumpet with the Chatham Brass Quintet which performs often at local hospitals, nursing homes and churches. For many years, he has played Taps for the Green Village observances of Memorial Day and Veteran's Day.
Rudy and Marjorie loved to travel - including many foreign countries, almost all of the states and many of the national parks. Among his other interests were golf, tennis, fishing and hiking. But most of all, he enjoyed being together with his large family - especially at the annual reunion that he and Marjorie held in Sanibel, Florida, for over 20 years.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, & great grandfather, Rudy is survived by his wife of 70 years, Marjorie Kimball Savoie; 3 sons: Steven, Craig and his wife Stephanie, and Mark and his wife Terri; and 1 daughter: Kathryn and her husband Kim Hunter. "Pops" was loved by his four grandsons, David, Tyler, Corey and Taran; his two granddaughters, Maggie Savoie and Anika Hunter; and his great grandson, Carter Savoie. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Savoie, and his wife Marilyn of Menlo Park, California and was predeceased by his sister, Mary Ann McCoy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his favorite organizations: