February 15, 2013
Rudolph Robert Hennig died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Auburn, Calif. He was 95.
A memorial service will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at the Lassila Funeral Home in Auburn.
Hennig was born on April 3, 1917, in Oakland, Calif., to parents Otto and Natalie Hennig. He called Oakland his home for the first 34 years of his life. During that time he owned the Oakland Venetian Blinds Co.
Rudy married the love of his life, Marjorie Phillips, on Nov. 10, 1938. The two remained married for the next 59 years until Marjorie passed away in 1998.
While raising their own children, Rudy and Marjorie were proud foster parents during the late 1950s. In 1951, Hennig moved his family to Auburn, Calif.
In 1960, he opened up R. Hennig Chalk and Tackboard Co. This type of work allowed Rudy to travel all over California where he helped in the process of building hundreds of schools. He kept the family business up and running for 35 years.
While Hennig was known for his hard work and determination his real passion was auto racing. He belonged to the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) in the 1940s and Central State Racing Association in the 1970s. He was a car owner of midgets and modifieds. He loved being at a race track and working on these cars. His crowning achievement came in 2000 when surrounded by his family, Rudy was inducted into the BCRA Hall of Fame.
Later in life, Rudy loved watching NASCAR on television, often rooting for any driver who raced a Ford car.
He is survived by daughter, Penny Hart; son, Rick Hennig and daughter, Tobi Browning. He is also survived by four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Rudy's four sisters and two brothers all predeceased him. One daughter, Karen Boylan, predeceased him.