Rudy M. Kevak III

September 2, 1978 - November 24, 2017

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Rudy M. Kevak III, our beloved son, died November 24th, 2017 as a result of an overdose.  He was 39 years old.

Rudy was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on September 2, 1978. He is the son of Elaine M. Tweedy, and stepson of Paul A. Tweedy of Factoryville. Rudy attended Scranton Preparatory School and studied for three years at the University of Scranton, after which he pursued a career in the food and restaurant industry, where he excelled. Rudy was named Diamond City Top Chef in September of 2007, and won the Regional Competition for PA Preferred Chef in August of 2006. Most recently, he was employed part-time at McGrath’s Pub in Dalton. Rudy enjoyed sports of all types, especially soccer, fishing and skiing, cooking, and spending time with his children, whom he loved very much. He will always be remembered for his kind heart, loving spirit and his help in taking care of the family farm.  Rudy loved all animals.

Unfortunately, he will also be remembered as a statistic. On Rudy’s journey through our world, he made a bad decision that started with opioids and eventually led to heroin. His family loved him dearly and tried to be supportive as he struggled with addiction and rehab. He fiercely fought the battle with this disease for years, just wanting to pursue a normal life. Sadly, Rudy lost his battle much too soon. He would have wanted his story to be told, so that another life might be saved.

If you have someone you love struggling with addiction, know that there are resources that can help. Please seek them out as soon as possible. Local resources include: Marworth, White Deer Run Rehab Center, Clearbrook Treatment Center, Just Believe Recovery Center, and others.

Rudy was preceded in death by his dog, Ray; maternal grandparents Mary and Orlando Mattei, and step-grandparents Don and Jessie Tweedy, as well as several uncles and aunts.

He is survived by his parents; two beautiful children, Lacy and Stanton; his partner, Jennifer Kempa of Swoyersville; maternal grandmother Celia Mueller of Duryea; an uncle and aunt, Alfred and Lusine Mueller of Garnet Valley; two step-brothers, James and Christopher Tweedy of South Carolina, and several cousins.

Rudy will have private services and burial.  A memorial service and celebration of life will be held in the Spring for friends and family at a site and time to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation in Rudy’s name to “To Write Love On Her Arms” c/o TWLOHA, Inc., PO Box 2203, Melbourne, FL 32902 or online at

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