Benjamin Samuel Rudow
January 1, 1970 - June 22, 2017

Benjamin Samuel Rudow, born November 6, 1983, left us way to soon on June 22, 2017 unexpectedly. He leaves behind his parents, Terry and Chris Rudow, brothers Jeramy and, James, and sister Jessica (Francis); his grandmother Barbara Dondorf, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. As a child Ben was a bright energized star, brilliant and outgoing. Ben suffered a severe TBI at age 17 which reshaped his and his family’s lives. Ben’s gentle soul loved his family, animals, kids and rock and roll—the Grateful Dead to be exact.

The memorial will be held at Hugh MacRae Park on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 5PM-9PM at Pavilion #6. Dress is casual.

Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations. Please share memories and condolences with the Rudow family by clicking on "Share a Memory."


  • Russel Cramer Posted January 13, 2021 8:26 am

    My name is Russ Cramer I knew Ben from IMPACT east. Ben was a good man his passing leaves me with a heavy heart as I have searched to find him in recent years we lost contact over a decade ago (before smart phones) I offer my condolences and ask that one of his family members contact me if possible. I can be reached at 9195998576

  • Eric Johns Posted July 20, 2021 4:56 am

    My name is Eric Johns. I knew Ben as a kid when we went Greenman Elementary School in Aurora, IL. I didn’t have many friends but I definitely considered him a friend for a time in the early to mid 90s. I lived only a couple blocks from his house and we played around the neighborhood quite a few times. We actually got in trouble a few times playing hockey in some neighbors driveway. They’d come yelling and running us off. It was some of the best times I had as a kid. We’d hang around his house sometimes as well. I do remember his mom being really nice to me. He love to make jokes especially at school to make the class laugh. Even when he’d get in trouble it was still all in good fun. He was just fun to be around. I decided to look up old classmates and he was the first name I thought of. I had no idea he passed so it was a shock to find this. I just wanted the family and others to know that there’s someone out there (and I’m sure there’s others as well) that Ben had an impact on even though it’s been 25 years since the last time I seen him. Whenever I think about good times from my childhood he’s one of the first people I think of. To his family and friends, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. God bless.

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