Man remembered for service to country and community
Last updated 8/3/2021 at 9:16pm
RITZVILLE - Rudy Thaut is remembered as a man who served his community after service in the U.S. Army that included 42 months as a prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp.
"Rudy gave so much to this town and his country, and he never wore it on his sleeve or expected much," Senator Mark Schoesler said. "The thought of Rudy Thaut saying you owe me, or the U.S. owes me, was unconscionable. He was a great American."
Schoesler got to know Thaut through his lifetime service to the community of Ritzville, including volunteer work with the Zion Congregational Church, the Boy Scouts and Little Le...