Rudolf Czerny


Rudolf “Rudi” Czerny, 89, of Columbus, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully at 12:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

He was born Aug. 8, 1927, in Radautz, Romania to the late Raimund and Leontine (Lazuskiewick) Czerny. He married Hermine Leonhardt in 1950 in Germany.

Rudi, Hermine and their daughters Sigrid and Brigitte immigrated to the United States in 1956. They settled in Indianapolis where their son David was born. Rudi retired as a chief engineer from Marion County General Hospital.

There will be a private graveside service for family and close friends will at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Memorial Park Cemetery Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2323 17th St., Columbus, Indiana 47201.

Rudi is survived by his daughters, Brigitte (Richard) Halvorsen of Columbus and Sigrid Herrington of Brownsburg; grandchildren, Matthew (Rachelle) Byron, Justin Byron, Dillon Czerny, Michael Czerny, Michele (Jason) Schrader, Rachel (Jim) Vaughan, Ryan (Jesse) Heines and Ashley (Samuel) Trisler; seven great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Rudi was preceded in death by his wife, Hermine on Dec. 5, 2016; son, David Czerny in 2012; his parents; a brother, Johann “Hans” Czerny; and a sister, Anni Knoerr.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and you are invited to light a virtual candle and share a personal message to the Czerny family via the internet.