Remembered..Ever Alive in Our Love 2020
Our Hearts Our Broken. We are saddened to announce the passing of Rudy Karol Halabuk. Rudy was a long time member of the center and loved his Poway Bingo friends. The Poway Senior Center family wishes his loved ones and his friends peace, love and support during this difficult time.
Randolph Karol Halabuk
Rudy “Babe” Halabuk, 90, was born August 19, 1929, during the Great Depression and passed away May 23, 2020, during the Pandemic of heart failure. He was the youngest child born to his parents who immigrated from Czechoslovakia and was born in Trenton NJ along with 5 siblings (he was the last surviving).
Rudy earned the nickname “Babe” early in life and it stayed with him throughout his life. He had a stellar athletic career and in High School he was an all-star in baseball, basketball and soccer. He made All-State soccer and played a season of professional soccer.
He was All-City in basketball and played a year of professional basketball. He also played in the American Legion Baseball for Trenton who came in in 2nd in the National Finals (which is like the Little League World Series). During High School his baseball team played for the State Championship when in the 11th inning “Babe” hit the longest home run ever seen by a high schooler, which won that State Championship game. He was then signed to play professional baseball with the Philadelphia Athletics as a center fielder, he was known for his speed and stole more bases than anyone. He played 3 years in Minor League Baseball before being drafted into the service.
Rudy moved to San Diego joining the Navy where he served on the USS Talladega which patrolled the Asian Coast during the Korean War. While in the service he was an outstanding baseball and basketball player. In his first year in the Navy he was recruited onto the Navy Baseball team, contributing to their winning the Military World Championship that year.
Rudy worked at Ryan Aeronautical for 37 years and was Manager of Production and Tool Control. They made unmanned Drones (spy planes), engines for the DC8 plane, fuselages for the KC135 refueling tanker plane, attack Apache Helicopters, and a navigation system for lunar landing. He played for the Ryan basketball team and earned top scorer in the league. During his first year at Ryan he was also a star on their baseball team, leading them to win the San Diego Baseball Association American League. Rudy even bowled a 290 game in the Ryan league.
He met his wife Allene while at the dog races and would tease her that she was the only person who won at the track that day saying, “you won me.”
He continued his athletic career coaching his kids in sports, teaching them math, and being the best role model to his children and grandchildren. He was active 6 days every week playing poker, bingo, calling bingo, and telling jokes, but on Sundays he rested.
Rudy had a kind heart and loved to joke to make his family and friends laugh. He loved all his family and is survived by his children Cindi Brookes and partner Steve Johnson, Dave and wife Patty, Dan and wife Jeanette, his grandchildren Allison Goodrich and husband Dave, Chuck Brookes, Nicole, Natalie, and his great granddaughter Olivia Goodrich.
He was preceded in death by his wife Allene (Jessen) in 1998 and his grandson Davey in 2007. He will be laid to rest alongside his beloved wife in Ramona.