Oleks Y. Rudenko, 88, Mt. Juliet, passed away Dec. 30.
Rudenko was a former Ukrainian citizen taken during WWII who was incarcerated in the German Nazi Concentration Camp, Dachau, as a slave laborer, where he survived for three years prior to coming to America. He spoke five languages, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, German and English. After receiving his PhD, he became a Russian linguist instructor with the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion, US Army, Fort Riley, Kan.
Rudenko was preceded in death by parents, Yevdokym and Yevkokia Rudenko; and brothers, Mykola, Ivan, Vasyl and Mykola Rudenko. He is survived by his wife of 48.5 years, Katherine Rudenko; daughters, Larissa Rudenko (David) Wright and Irina O. Rudenko (Sean McWhortor); grandchildren, Katherine and Jacob Wright and Isabelle, Mason, Bentley and Oakley McWhortor; and several nieces and nephews in Ukraine.
Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 3 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205. Interment followed the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family was at the church.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2250 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, (615)758-5459, obituary line (615)758-8818, www.sellarsfuneralservices.com.