Rudy Wistinghausen

Rudy Wistinghausen, 71, a longtime resident of Santa Fe, Texas passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.  He was born September 19, 1947 in Frankfurt, Germany and was raised in Texas City, Texas.

He graduated Texas City High School, was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Vietnam War; was a member of the High Roller’s motorcycle club,  Rudy worked as an iron worker out of Iron Worker’ s Local 135 for many years and he operated Wistinghausen Enterprises.

Rudy truly lived life to the fullest.  He had an innate love of people and always expected the best of them.  Rudy enjoyed talking with everyone and telling stories.  He was a devoted father and grandfather, who loved motorcycles, hunting, car racing, and spoiling his grandkids.

Rudy is survived by his son R.K. Wistinghausen (Kaitlin Duhon),  three grandchildren: Carter Wistinghausen, Madyn Wistinghausen and Matti Duhon nephew David Williams (Sue) and his father’s children: Neal Padgett (Kathy) and James Wistinghausen (Lois); four sisters: Vickie Beall, Judy Disiere, Shirley Disiere and Peggy Laws, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Jean Williams – Broker, stepfather Joe Broker, his father Rudolph K. Wistinghouse, II and his uncle Charles Williams.

A visitation will be on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm with the funeral service at 4:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque with Chaplain Kelley Vaughan officiating.  Burial will be at 3:00pm on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Williams Family Cemetery in Evant, Texas.



  1. Rest In Peace my brother, thank you for
    all That you have done for all that knew you
    You will be missed ….. lords blessings to
    The family…..

    JB Graham
  2. Rudy you will be missed one of the good guys my the LORD bless you and your family and be at peace from brother iron worker and friend. Louis & Beth Schwertner and Family

    Louis Schwertner
  3. Godspeed Rudy, I will miss you dearly, I am glad I got to see you last week.
    Peace be with the family RK.

    Janet Hart
  4. Dear Dad/ Grandfather,
    Wow. oh… wow. Have you changed my life. I still remember me and you always scaring each other when we came through the garage door. When I was small you use to always open the metal gate for me. I remember We’d sit in the computer room and look at parts…all night. Then you’d always make a glass of milk before bed. I still remember You, and me, maybe a couple of friends all sitting out in the garage having a hilarious conversation that would make us all roll laughing. You always teased me and “pulled my leg”. And lord oh lord the trucks we’d bring home and we ‘couldn’t tell Mimi’. You use to always let me take a sip of your beer, or the whiskey you’d make after a long day! You use to always come home with a smile on your face and a surprise for me when you got home. I was your little girl. I remember you always taking me places! We always rode to get money, to get parts for the cars you always worked on. My life was an Adventure with you. You always helped me tough it out. You taught me to be tough. You wanted me to grow up the baddest ****** anyone had ever seen. That’s how you raised me. Don’t take nothing from nobody! I know how to build a car because of you. Hell! I know how to drive a standard Truck. You have impacted my life in so many ways. Because of you I know how to change a flat tire on the side of the road. You made me independent. Because of you…I will never need a man in my life to Change my oil. You were… truly a great man. You took me hunting every winter break… Every single winter break for 7 years. You were the first person to get me to shoot a gun. An AKA 47. it hurt like hell on my arm… but after I shot that gun I never wanted to stop. I wanted to be just like you. You understood me. Even when I used to come to you for “girl talk” …I still knew you understood me. I will never EVER… forget the first 12 years you were in my life. You… were the party to my life. I valued you in ways nobody else did. You accepted me. I was the only Girl you raised. I was with you. My life was okay. And I can’t tell you how angry I am at you that you left like this. You left my life so unexpectedly 2 years ago… and, now you really are gone. And I wasn’t prepared for this, I really wasn’t. I will never EVER forget the last words you said to me…”I miss you baby”. and I felt that… I really ******* felt that. Even though You were fighting my blood for something so ******** stupid … and you caused my family so much pain… I didn’t care… I missed you too. And now that I’m sitting here… looking for a damn shirt to wear to your funeral… I forgive you, in-case you haven’t asked God to forgive you I have… because You really were my partner in crime for 12 years…And I’ll always have that in my heart. And the rest of my family might hate you and want you to suffer but I don’t…I want you to have peace. And I love you. To the moon and back. Goodbye.
    Your Granddaughter.

    P.s – Even though the terms were bad, I know you loved me more than anything in the world. And I am so lucky so be the only girl you raised. 💙

    Rachael Giles

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