Rudolph Robert Bettini 84, of Colorado went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 16,
2019 at home surrounded by family.
Rudy was born on August 4, 1934, in Sterling Colorado, to parents Rotille and Eliza
Bettini, who affectionately called him “Bobby”. Rudy was the 6th of 9 siblings.
Both of his parents immigrated to the US from Italy and soon realized their dreams of
owning and raising their family on a farm. Rudy shared many fond memories and stories
of his childhood pertaining to life with his siblings and parents. Always a farm boy at
heart, his past times included learning everything he possibly could while enjoying his
western lifestyle. He attained many skills, and being mechanically inclined, developed a
passion for repairing cars, trucks and tractors, which he later passed on to his sons. He
enlisted in the Army in 1955 and was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. until 1957 when he
fulfilled his obligation and was honorably discharged. He returned home to Colorado
and began a career in the oil field industry. In the summer of 1958, he was offered a
position with Winter Weiss in the fabrication of trailers. During lunch breaks, Rudy and
his co-workers frequented Willie’s Drive In, their favorite hamburger joint. As fate would
have it, the waitress that he had admired and eagerly anticipated seeing each time they
visited, was the daughter of Joe Pelino, the owner of the restaurant. After many months
of wooing her, his dreams came to fruition, and thus, their courtship began. They were
married on July 11th, 1959.
Rudy and Joan began building their family and were blessed 10 months later with their
first son, followed by their daughter, and two additional sons.
Rudy worked in the Construction Industry for 38 years until his retirement at the age of
He was a devoted husband and a loving father. He enjoyed spending time with family
and friends, and loved sharing adventures and experiences of life, and growing up on
the farm. As a young man he had a gift for restoring, repairing, rebuilding and
reconditioning any and all types of vehicles. He developed an appreciation for
automotive technology with his passion being fast cars. He built and possessed the
fastest car in Sterling for 10 years. Rudy’s unparalleled knowledge, combined with his
generosity were recognized and appreciated by many and he was known to all as the
neighborhood mechanic, always willing to lend a helping hand.
Rudy was a simple, kind-hearted man. A jack-of-all trades, and seemingly master of
every single one of them. If it could be fixed, he could fix it. If it could be built, he could
build it. If he didn’t know how, he would learn. A true craftsman who believed in the
value of hard work and pride in all he touched. He loved Harleys and in any spare time
he did have, he took pleasure in riding his motorcycle through the town of Morrison and
up to Red Rocks, always in awe of nature’s beauty.
Rudy was preceded in death by his wife Joanie on June 23, 2009, his parents, Eliza,
Rotille, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
Rudy leaves behind his beloved family of four children. (Son) Rudy, (Peggy) of Golden,
Colorado (Daughter) Elizabeth of Casper, Wyoming, (Son) Anthony of Castle Pines,
Colorado and Dean (Janet) of Denver, Colorado.
Rudy Jr, (Brook) Vencent, Jessica, Eric, Adam, Anthony Jr., (Sabrina) Dominic, Jesse.
Great grand-children Kobbie, Aubrie, Alanah, Emiliano, Gianna, Lillian, Isabella.
Rudy is also survived by 2 sisters. Florence Steinberg of Englewood, CO. and Gloria
Maxwell of Casper Wyoming.(Nephews), Tommy, Mike , Robbie and (Nieces) Vicki and
Services will be held on Monday April 8, 2019 at Fort Logan National Cemetery 3698 S.
Sheridan Blvd Denver, CO 80227, at 11:15 A.M. in staging area C. Please promptly line
up in staging area C by 11:00 A.M. The service will start right at 11:15 A.M. Followed by
a celebration of life from 12 to 4 at the VFW hall at 2680 W. Hampden Ave., Englewood,