The volunteer work former Police Chief Rudolph “Rudy” Gandolfi gave to his hometown, Oglesby, can be described as “astounding”. Any group lucky to have Gandolfi, got decades of service from the World War II vet. And, all those decades of service, got Gandolfi a well deserved commendation or award. President Trump even sent Gandolfi a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for his 25,000 hours of voluntary work. Recently retired Police Chief Jim Knoblauch said Rudy inspired him to be a police officer:
Chief Gandolfi kept his department in line, says Knoblauch, but it was a sad day when the Chief retired in 1991. For his fifty years coaching baseball, Oglesby named the Senior League baseball field, Rudy Gandolfi Field” in 2002. Private services for Gandolfi will be held at Prey-Mueller Funeral Home in Oglesby with a celebration of life service to be held at a later date. He passed away November 9 in Manor Court in Peru.