Rudolph S. Gebhardt, banker

Rudolph S. Gebhardt, banker

Rudolph S. Gebhardt, who went from being a circus performer to a banker, died Sept. 10 of a blood clot at his Clearwater, Fla., home.

The former longtime Glen Arm resident was 86.

The son of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performers, Mr. Gebhardt was born in Baltimore and made his circus debut when he was 9 at the old Madison Square Garden in New York City, performing with his family's horses act.

After the 1939 circus strike, he and his family free-lanced and worked for other circuses, horse shows, fairs and rodeos.

Mr. Gebhardt, who had only an eighth-grade education, retired from the circus in 1962 and took a job in the real estate department of...