Rudolph Vanek

Rudolph "Rudy" Vanek Jr.

September 18, 1947 - May 6, 2021
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Rudolph “Rudy” J. Vanek, Jr. age 73, of Fremont passed away Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. Rudy was born September 18, 1947 in Wahoo, NE to Rudie and Elaine (Roberts) Vanek.

Rudy grew up in Prague, NE and was a 1965 graduate of Prague High School. Rudy was previously married to Darlene Vlcan and they had two children, Rusty and Randy. Later he married Joleen McTaggert and they had a son Shane. On September 2, 2011 he married Christy (Brunk) Schow.

He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He worked for Bennett’s Cycles, had his own bike shop, worked at Valmont and First State Bank all in Fremont. Rudy enjoyed golf, drag racing, ATV Pulls, bowling, playing pool, riding and working on motorcycles. Rudy was involved with the annual Toy Run in Fremont and the Friday Night Bike Rides at Whis’s End Zone Lounge. He will be remembered for having a fearless attitude, a zest for life and will be greatly missed.

Rudy is survived by his wife, Christy; sons, Rusty, Randy (Lisa) and Shane (Kelly); stepdaughter, Cayleigh Schow (special friend Chas), stepson, Harrison Schow (special friend Molly); 3 grandchildren, Evan Vanek (special friend, Victoria), Miles Ward and Aubrey Schow; and great-grandson Brody.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Judy; and brother-in-law Jerry Cartwright.

Rudy donated his body to the Nebraska Anatomical Board. A Celebration of Life service will be 2 PM, Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Pastor Scott Cate will officiate. Memorial visitation and family receiving friends from 12-2 PM Thursday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Fremont Area Alzheimer’s Fund, Parkinson’s Foundation, or Jochebed’s Hope to help kids in Indonesia.

Online condolences may be left at

Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Ave. Fremont, NE 68025 402-721-4490.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday May 13, 2021 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday May 13, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Moser Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services @ Fremont
    2170 N Somers Ave.
    FREMONT, NE 68025
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday May 13, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Thursday May 13, 2021 2:00pm
    Moser Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services @ Fremont
    2170 N Somers Ave.
    FREMONT, NE 68025
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 08:18pm
We as the class of 1965 were sadden to hear of Rudy’s passing. Everyone enjoyed Rudy’s humor , helpfulness & always being reliable to his word. He always had a smile & ready to joke around with one whenever we were in school or later years at our every 5 year class reunions. He will truly be missed & gone way to soon. RIP our friend.

Christy Vanek Posted at 09:48pm

Thank you! Your class reunions were fun! Nice to have met you all. Christy

Eileen Thornburg

Posted at 05:48pm
Randy & Lisa,
My sincerest sympathy at this time of loss. Thoughts & prayers,
Eileen Thornburg

Jeanne Wright

Posted at 03:10pm
Dr. Franco, Nancy and I all treasured the time we spent with Rudy and Christy. It was a privilege to be part of his life, and getting to know him, and of course, Christy over the years. Our hearts are saddened by your loss.

With Love,

Tom Franco, Nancy Franco, and Jeanne Wright

Christy Vanek Posted at 09:51pm

Thank you all for being so awesome!! We have a big place in our hearts for you guys! Christy

Thomas Franco, Nancy Franco and Jeanne Wright

Posted at 03:03pm
We are thinking of you during this difficult time. We were privileged to know and care for Rudy.
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Mary Duncan

Posted at 02:42pm
Christy, so sorry to hear about Rudy passing. Alzheimer's is such an awful disease, but you stood by Rudy's side through bad and good days. Please know that I am thinking of you and all of Rudy's family. Sending you prayers of peace and comfort during this difficult time. Be kind to yourself as you walk your journey through grief. Two major losses within 3 months is a lot to handle. I will help in anyway possible. Love to you and the whole family
Mary Duncan

Christy Vanek Posted at 09:53pm

Thank you so much. I really appreciate you! Christy

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