Cleo Verna's Story
Cleo Rude, widow of legendary cowboy, "Ike" Rude, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Wilson. Her late husband, Ike Rude, was PRCA Steer Roping Champion in 1941, 1947, and 1953, and was one of the original members of the Cowboy's Turtle Association. Ike was enshrined in eight rodeo Halls of Fame throughout the United States.
Cleo Verna Crouch was the fifth child born to George and Amy Crouch, April 14, 1918, at Buffalo, on the JP Ranch. Her father was a rancher and rodeo promoter who established one of the first rodeos in the northwest Oklahoma area, at Doby Springs.
Ike attended the rodeo there. On Nov. 18, 1937, Cleo and Ike were united in marriage.
After her marriage, Cleo traveled all over the United States and to Calgary, Canada, where Ike competed in rodeo events during their 48 years of married life.
In the late 1940's and early 1950's, Cleo was instrumental in establishing tent cities, when they arrived at the rodeo grounds. In that era of time, many of the rodeo contestants had little umbrella tents, and upon arriving at a rodeo, they would form a camp ground close to the arena. Soon after Cleo started this trend, several of the cowboys and their wives followed suit.
From 1937 until 1950, Cleo's life and home was on the road, along with their two children, Bill and Sammie. When their children became school age, they would limit their travels and Ike worked at ranching jobs during this time, so their children could attend school.
Through the children's school years, the family lived at Newhall, Calipatria, and Browley, Calif.; Buckeye, Ariz.; Pendleton, Ore.; and Buffalo, Okla.
When Ike retired from rodeoing, they made their home in Mangum, which was Ike's boyhood home town.
In1975, the town of Mangum renamed the street they lived on as, "Ike Rude Avenue."
Cleo was a member and active worker in the Central Christian Church at Mangum. After Ike passed away in 1985, Cleo moved to Enid and attended the Central Assembly of God Church, where she was active in "Star Widows."
In 2007, after a short hospital confinement, Cleo moved to Ardmore, to a nursing home, to be closer to her daughter.
Cleo was preceded in death by her father, George Crouch, mother Amy Crouch, her siblings, sisters Opal Reger, Neva Carlisle, Twila Soward, and brother Glen Crouch.
She is survived by her son, Bill and wife, Willa, of Enid, daughter Sammie Compton and fiance Kenneth Crawford of Lone Grove; three grandsons, Troy Compton and wife Alicia of Purcell, Jeff Rude and wife Amy of Bartlesville, and Mick Rude and wife Mindy of Enid; two step-granddaughters, Tracy Leger and Tiffany Martin, and husband Jason, of Enid; six great-grandchildren; and many step-grandchildren.
The service is 3 p.m. today, June 1, 2017, at the Craddock Funeral Home, Ardmore.
Burial is at Mangum.
Condolences may be made to Bill Rude at BRude@suddenlink.net or to Sammie Compton at SamCompton2@BrightOk.net.
Published on May 31, 2017