Jote Morris Edward Rudibaugh was born Dec. 30, 1962 and left this life on April 23 at 56 years old. Jote is survived by wife and longtime love Valerie Finlay Rudibaugh.

He is survived by: daughters April Rudibaugh Anglin and husband Kyle Anglin, Virginia A. Rudibaugh and husband Eric Bailey, and son Jens Jote Rudibaugh; sisters Kiska Rudibaugh, Tana Rudibaugh, brother Shane Rudibaugh and wife Karen Day Rudibaugh; and grandchildren Aspen Anglin and Ava Bailey, who both called Jote “PaPa.”

Jote was preceded in death by parents Marion A. Rudibaugh and Virginia Lee Neville Rudibaugh.

Jote was an active member of the Christian Mission in Jacksboro, Texas and for many years was a minister and taught bible study at the Jacksboro prison. His professions were horse trainer and rancher, farrier, custom haying, ranch day work and a feed business.

He was a Man of God, loving husband and father. He would go out of his way to help others. He lead many to Christ. He lost his battle with cancer but won his war joining his Savior Jesus Christ for eternity.

Jote was born Dec. 30, 1962 in Goodland, Kan., to his very proud parents Rudy and Virginia Rudibaugh. In 1966 he was four years old when the family moved to the mountain town of Gunnison, Colo., to a ranch at the base of the Indian Head Rock. This was to be his home until August 1993. He lived the cowboy life, guided and outfitted, rodeoed. He graduated from Gunnison High School in 1981. He then graduated from Lamar Community College a few years later with his degrees in Farrier science and Business and Ranch management. In August of 1993 Jote and his family left Gunnison to start a new life in Poolville, Texas where they still are today. He belonged to various associations as a youth, such as FFA, 4-H, Colorado High School Rodeo Assoc., National Highschool Rodeo Assoc., PRCA and CSRA as a professional rodeo cowboy, United States Team Roping Assoc. and North Texas High School Rodeo Assoc., Board of directors. He was a rodeo coach to many youth for calf roping, bronc riding and bull riding. Jote had so many friends he will be truly missed by all.

There will be a celebration of life Saturday, May 4th at 10 a.m. with fellowship and lunch to follow. The address is Christian Missions, 2381 U.S. Hwy. 380 W., Jacksboro, Texas, 76458. A memorial will be held in Gunnison at a future date yet to be determined.