Jim Rudolph lives in Clearwater, Florida but grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida.  In 1976, he graduated from Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg.  In 1980 he graduated from Gupton Jones College in Atlanta. After graduation from college, Jim worked with a local funeral home for many years. “I was raised in an Army home, my dad was 11 years old on D-Day. He grew up wanting to be a paratrooper.” Rudy Rudolph died in 2003 and is buried at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

In 2000 Jim founded Veterans Funeral Care, the nation’s first funeral home serving veterans and their families exclusively. Through it’s provider network, they are providing services in 36 states.

Jim is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 7, Clearwater, an Associate Member of the Marine Corps League, Det #54, Largo and is a board member of the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance and Soul Injury, a non profit whose goal is help vets deal with trauma in their lives that separates them from their soul. It is very different from PTSD.

When not working, Jim is an avid backcountry hiker.  Favorite hikes are the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Longs Peak, Estes Park, Colorado and the Lost Dutchman trail in Apache Junction, Arizona. He is a huge fan of the HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers.”  He built and maintains web sites for two of the stars of that series, www.CarwoodLipton.com and www.JoeToye.com

Jim has been married to the former Kim Nelson of Clearwater, Florida for nearly thirty-eight years.  They met at a Youth function as teenagers at First Assembly of God Church in Clearwater. They are still members today. They have two grown sons, Jimmy, (Jordan) their first granddaughter, Jane, and a son, Joel (Abigail.)