Dec. 25, 1949 – May 20, 2013
Horst “Rudi” Wallasch was born Dec. 25, 1949 in Bad Krueuznach, Germany, the first of four children. He came to the U.S. in 1956 at 6 years of age with his parents. They lived in Glendale for a short time and eventually settled in La Crescenta.
As a teenager he was a bright student as well as a very talented musician who played violin, viola, piano, bassoon, guitar and bass. He was often asked to play first violin or solos with the school orchestras and at church events. He also played in a small acoustic rock band called “We Three Trio” with his friends Dennis Neufeld and Dave Lutkehaus. During this time he also took flying lessons and helped his parents raise his brothers and sister since his parents were very busy carving out a new life in the U.S.
Rudi worked as an electrician with his father for approximately 38 years. His favorite hobbies included reading, soaring, helping restore WWII aircraft with the Commemorative Air Force, boating, model trains and remote control airplanes.
He will be missed by his parents, Horst and Barbara Wallasch, his brother Charlie Wallasch & sister-in-law Marianna, his brother Ed Wallasch and sister-in-law Lynette, his sister Heidi Johnston and brother-in-law Greg along with his many nieces and nephews Crystal, Nic, Hudson, Sabrina, Tyler, Justin, Jeffrey, Brooke, Katelyn and Aubrey.
The services will be held at the Crippen Mortuary at 2900 Honolulu Ave. in La Crescenta on Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m.
Directors Crippen Mortuary