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R Aten ,72, of Galesburg died Monday, August 12th 3:03am at OSF St.
Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
was born March 8, 1947 in Avon, IL to Cline and Vivian (Nell) Aten. He was raised in Carthage, Illinois and
graduated from Carthage High School in 1965.
Rudy earned his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Business as well as
his MBA from Western Illinois University. He served as an insurance agent for
the next 46 years.
married Carol Ann Thompson August 15, 1970.
They soon moved to Galesburg where they would build their lives
together. Rudy is survived by his loving wife, his son Lance (Laurie) Aten of
Galesburg and his daughter Heather (Rob) Mackowiak of New Lenox, His pride and
joy were his four grandsons, Connor and Grant Aten, and Jake and Ryan
Mackowiak. Rudy was preceded in death by
his parents and one brother, Jerry.
volunteered many years in Galesburg youth sports. In addition to his many
coaching roles, he also founded the Jr. Streaks basketball program, and served
as the president of the GHS Athletic Booster Club for several years. He enjoyed
watching his own children and then grandchildren’s’ sporting events. Rudy was
never shy when it came to offering his opinion on the officiating, coaching, or
quality of play at these events.
loved a good joke and had a mischievous sense of humor. He loved golfing and
was a long time member of Lake Bracken Country Club as well as Dew Dusters at
Bunker Links. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Dallas
Cowboys. In his younger years, Rudy could be found bowling, playing poker, or
solving the world’s problems at Little King coffee.
will be from 5 to 8 pm Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home
and Crematory. Funeral service will be Friday, August 16 at the funeral
home. Burial will be at East Linwood
Cemetery, Galesburg. Memorials may be
directed to Galesburg Athletic Booster Club.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at