Rudy G. Pribramsky

Rudy G. Pribramsky, 84, died on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Amador Residential Care in Jackson, CA.  

Rudy was born on August 1, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Rudolph and Pauline Pribramksy.  He grew up in Cicero, Illinois where he attended elementary and high school prior to being accepted at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan.

During his stay at GMI, Rudy met and married Audrey June Bretzke, a registered nurse trained in Flint, on August 6, 1955 in Illinois, and received his degree in mechanical engineering in 1957.  Together they have a son, Steven, and daughter, Susan, which they raised in Naperille, Illinois.  In June on 1959, Rudy was inducted into the U.S. Air Force Critical Skills Reserve and spent three months at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, followed by eight years of stand-by reserve status.

Rudy spent his entire career spanning thirty years working in the engineering department of the electro-motive division of General Motors Corp.  This division was the largest manufacturer of diesel-electric locomotives in the world and provider of power equipment for marine oil well drilling rigs, vessels, off-highway trucks, and emergency power generation.  Rudy did considerable pioneering design and development work involving noise control of EMD products as well as locomotive exhaust spark arrestance and overall mechanical systems.  

Rudy authored a number of technical papers and magazine articles over the years and spent time overseas on various assignments in Denmark, Sweden, and Iran; he retired from EMD in 1987 as chief engineer of the power products unit. 

Throughout his life, Rudy had a love of sports, especially the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls.  He was a lifelong student of Abraham Lincoln which led to his fine collection of Lincolniana.  In addition, swing and jazz music of the late 30’s to mid 50’s were his favorite as well as reading western Americana writings.  

His love of nature and appreciation of the outdoors were in evidence during the yearly family vacation trips taken to explore the west, particularly Colorado mining/ghost towns and sights in Nevada and California.  Upon Retirement in 1987, this love of the west prompted Rudy and his wife to move from Illinois to Pine Grove, California.  During his retirement, he and June enjoyed the California climate and scenery, traveling, and playing the “slots” in Tahoe, Reno, and Las Vegas.  The most gratifying time however, was spent with their beloved grandchildren who brought them much joy.

Rudy is survived by his son, Steven R. Pribramsky and wife Robin of Florida; daughter, Susan J. Green of Jackson; granddaughters, Mary Marrone of Warrensburg, Missouri and Dawn Green of Jackson, California; great grandson, Jakub Green of Jackson, California; grandsons, Kevin, Ethan, and Cayden Pribramsky all of Florida; grandsons and granddaughter, Eric, Steve Jr., and Lauren Pribramsky all of Illinois; and sister, Arlene of Tennessee.  He was preceded in death by his wife of forty-eight years, Audrey June Pribramsky in September of 2003.

At the family’s request there will be no service.  Inurnment will be private.  Arrangements are being handled by Daneri Mortuary in Jackson and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and signing the guest book.