Rudy Dobeck passed away from Parkinson’s disease at his home at The Jefferson, a retirement community in Arlington, Va., where he resided with his wife of 63 years, Daisy Esther Dickenson Dobeck. He was a former Plevna resident and was a son of the Reverend Robert Dobeck and Dorothea Rall Dobeck who were pastors/missioners of Evangelical German Congregational Churches of North America from 1922-1950. Rev. Dobeck served the Plevna church from 1939-1946. Rudy was baptized as an infant and confirmed by his father in 1940. The seven children born to this union dedicated most of their earnings from their labors and volunteer time during their formative years to support and serve their parents and churches that served God.
Rudy graduated from Plevna High School in 1944. He frequently attended class reunions and was commencement speaker in 1974. In 1980, he published a “Biographical Photo Annual for the Class of ‘44 Reunion”. Rudy had very fond memories of his home and friends in the Fallon County area – his roots and values were established there. While living in Plevna, he worked for the Buergi Store, Weinschrott Hardware, and the Westmore Section of Milwaukee Railroad. On graduation from high school, he worked for the Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver, Wash. In 1944, he was rejected from the draft because of myopic vision. He was accepted to the US Army under the “work or fight law” in February 1945 by resigning his defense shipyard job. He served in the Army of Occupation Forces in Japan from September 1945 to November 1946. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He entered college under the GI Bill and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver in 1950 and a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
His career included four years of high school and university teaching and 36 years in the retail industry in operations. His assignments included senior positions at the headquarters of JC Penney and Associated Dry Goods in New York City, Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1984, he transferred to Federated Department Stores’ Filene’s Company in Boston, Mass. He retired in Boston in 1991 as vice president of properties.
Rudy was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Emil, Vernon and Robert; a sister, Doris; and sister-in-law, Louise Dobeck.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Daisy; include three children and their spouses, Robert Bradley Dobeck and Jessie-Kay Weili Cheng of Arlington, Va., Victoria Dobeck Davey and Richard Davey of Bethesda, Md., and Peggy Pearson and Neil Pearson of Champaign, Ill.; six grandchildren, Dylan Frances Davey, Carl William Pearson, Neil David Pearson, Jr., Elizabeth victoria Pearson and Emma Leigh Davey. Rudy is also survived by two brothers, Benjamin Dobeck and wife Ingrid of Kingsport, Tenn., and Helmut Richard (Mac) Dobeck of Las Vegas, Nev. and Terra Alta, West Va.; 23 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Mar. 19, 2016 in Arlington, Va. His remains will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.