Memorial Tributes

Memorial Tributes Index

Bill and Marilyn Bair

Bill & Violette Fleming


Bill and Marilyn Bair of the Bair Foundation

Bill and Karen Rudge met Bill and Marilyn Bair in the early days of their ministries and were impressed with the love of Christ displayed through them.
Bill and Karen served as foster parents for several Bair Foundation youth and Bill spoke at many Bair Foundation events and conducted training sessions for Bair staff and foster families.
Bill Bair has gone home to be with the Lord while Marilyn continues to faithfully serve Him and support the Bill Rudge Ministries. The Bairs have been a great blessing and encouragement to Bill and Karen and their ministry throughout the years even inspiring the Prayer Room we have to this day.

In Marilyn’s words

Dear Bill & Karen,

God’s blessings to you, faithful to God friends. I love your newsletters and read them from front to back. Your whole family has been blessed by God in wonderful ways. Karen, how you have blessed me with your precious notes, many times just when I needed them. My Bill admired and loved what you were doing. His big concern was the same as yours, winning souls for Christ. God bless you. I’ll be praying for you.
With much love,



Bill & Violette Fleming

When Bill and Karen started the Bill Rudge Ministries in 1977, Bill Fleming was one of the first Board members and remained actively involved until he and his wife moved to Florida. Bill and Violette have been faithful prayer and financial supporters of the ministry and good friends of Bill and Karen throughout the years.

Bill and Violette have always been vivacious and positive witnesses for the Lord. One of Bill’s favorite verses which he quoted every time he entered the ministry center or whenever you met him anywhere else is, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

In Bill’s Words

Violette and I were sitting around living out our golden years when we started to reminisce about the impact that Bill and Karen and Bill Rudge Ministries have made in this world. As Violette puts it, “I am so impressed on how Bill Rudge Ministries has reached out to teach those of this world who had little or no knowledge of our Savior and the importance of His presence in our lives.”

Knowing Bill from the West Hill days, the Lord has done a great work spreading the gospel of Jesus. When he and Karen met and married, the Lord created a great team. It was a pleasure and honor to have had the opportunity to be on the Board of Directors and watch Bill Rudge Ministries grow. The Shenango Valley should be proud of their faithful ministry.

With much love and admiration,

Bill and Violette Fleming.