Rudy Teichman

July 6, 1931 - August 14, 2012
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H. Rudy Teichman, 81, passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Rudy was born on July 6, 1931 to Emma Sheftall and Henry Nelson Teichman in Galveston, Texas.

Rudy graduated from Kirwin High School and throughout his life contributed the foundation of his work ethic, morals and values to the teachings of the Christian Brothers. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany prior to beginning his lifelong career in the marine industry.

Rudy was considered a hands-on jack of all trades relying on his ingenuity, experience and dedication to improve his industry and community.

Rudy was proud of his roots and the significant role his family played in the Island’s history. He loved his native Galveston Island and integrated himself into the community throughout his life. Known for his generosity, Rudy never turned down a request and never expected recognition. He was honored to have served on the Galveston City Council and Galveston Wharves Board and to support the Galveston Police, Sheriff and Fire Departments and the United States Coast Guard. Rudy served on several Boards and received numerous awards for his contributions to the marine industry and community.

Rudy was known as an inland boat Captain, licensed private airplane pilot, machinist, diver, fire fighter, salvage master, welder, diesel mechanic, inventor, cook, restaurateur, parade captain, King Frivolous LXXX, trumpeter, and just plain Rudy T.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father; his beloved grandmother, Josephine; his beloved father-in-law, William “Bill” Spence; and George Townsend.

Rudy is survived by his wife, Donna; his son, Henry Kevin, and wife Erin; his daughter Kelly; his youngest son Brian; his four grandchildren, Ashton, Henry Hunter, Rudy Holt and Curtis; his sister, Julie Teichman Coltzer and husband William; sister, Carolyn Teichman Urbani and husband Angelo, all of Galveston; his brother-in-law Jim Spence, and wife Gayle; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was one of a kind with a unique personality and will be deeply missed by his friends and family.

Rudy’s family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Zompa and Staff, Velma Coleman, Sylinda Garner, Ranay Danek, Hester Dimes, and Setha Yantz for their exceptional and compassionate care.

Honored to serve as casket-bearers during the services are Sonny Broome,

Scott Dillion, Jeff Harrington, John Kelso, Ronnie Rouse, H. Kevin Teichman,

Kelly M. Teichman, and Brian H. Teichman.

Honorary pallbearers are the employees of T&T Marine, Eddie Janek, Earl Kalsnes, Berdon Lawrence, George P. Mitchell, and Joe Max Taylor.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the evening with a rosary at seven o’clock in the evening, Sunday, August 19th, in the sanctuary of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 14th and Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77550.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at three thirty in the afternoon on Monday, August 20th, also in the sanctuary of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Guests are kindly asked to park facing the Seawall on 14th Street in front of the Church. Interment will follow in the family cemetery ground at Lakeview Cemetery located at 3015 57th in Galveston, Texas.

In honor of Rudy’s love of Texas A & M University, the family requests donations be made in his memory to: TEXAS A&M FOUNDATION, In Memory of Rudy Teichman, Attn: Ann Lovett, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840-2811.

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Born: July 6, 1931
Died: August 14, 2012

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Ann Rasch posted on 11/30/-1

To our good friend Rudy T, truly one of a kind. You were special to us and left us with a lot of fond memories. Hans and Ann


Brent Novelli posted on 11/30/-1

Rest in Peace Rudy you will be missed by many people. Galveston won't be the same! Prayers are with the Teichman family. God Bless.


J. R. Harrison posted on 11/30/-1

Rudy T, One of the John Wayne heroic type of men that we seldom see anymore. I was always amazed at his zest for life and overwhelming generosity. Our family at Global appreciates the business we have done with the T and T Marine family. He will surely be missed and our warmest condolences go out to all his family. Kind Regards, J. R. Harrison


Mike & Bonnye Wills posted on 11/30/-1

Our deepest condolences to Mrs. Donna and all of the Teichman family. Mr. Rudy was truly a special man and will be deeply missed. Mike & Bonnye Wills


Kim Ware posted on 11/30/-1

My Heartfelt condolences to the Teichman family and the personnel Rudy employed. RIP Mr. Rudy Teichman


Linda Fisher LaQuay posted on 11/30/-1

Our thoughts and prayers with your family at this time. Rudy T. was a great friend to my parents, King and Jewel Fisher, and so kind to all of us too. He will be missed, and remembered. God Bless.


RIck Kaser posted on 11/30/-1

I met Rudy first in 1998 at a spill conference...he was in his overalls...I was honored to have worked with him from 1999 thru 2006 while I was in Galveston and Houston....most of the time - he was in his overalls. The last time I saw him was when I left Houston - - I gave him an Almond Joy - he smiled -- he was in his overalls. The last time I talked to him was on his birthday - - I suspect he was in his overalls. Rudy -- thanks for being a friend, mentor, and a grandfather figure. You made a big impact on my time in Texas and I will never forget your humor, dedication, work ethic, honesty, and compassion. Thanks for teaching me how to wear overalls. s/Rick


Richard Arnhart posted on 11/30/-1

Mr. Teichman was an icon in the salvage and spill response community. He will be greatly missed by many, but his legacy will live on. My heart and prayers go out to the Teichman family. God bless you Rudy, we will miss you.