Rudolph E. Cyphers, 85
Blue Earth — Rudolph Earl “Rudy” Cyphers, age 85, of Blue Earth, died July 7, 2010, at Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mankato.
Funeral Services are being held Monday, July 12, 2010, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Blue Earth. The Rev. Wesley Hafner is officiating. Burial is in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation was held Sunday, July 11, 2010, from 4-8 p.m. at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, in Blue Earth, and one hour prior to services at the church.
Rudy was born Feb. 18, 1925, at Mankato, the son of Albert and Alma (Beckendorf) Cyphers. He was raised in the Blue Earth, East Chain and Albert Lea areas, where he attended country schools. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II where he was a carpenter’s mate 3rd Class. He returned home and farmed north of Blue Earth. He was married on May 25, 1927, in Elmore to Velma Mae Kuckenbecker. The couple farmed near Delavan and in Albert Lea before purchasing their farm southeast of Blue Earth in 1956. Velma died in 2000 and Rudy continued farming until his retirement in 2007. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where he served as an elder, Blue Earth American Legion Post 89, VFW Post 4580, was a longtime Farm Bureau member and was a 20-year member of both the Blue Earth Township Board and the Faribault County Historical Society. He was also an American Dairy Association Officer, Dairy Herd Improvement Association member, an FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer and a Delegate for the Mid America Dairy Farmers.
Rudy is survived by his sons, Gerald (Karen) Cyphers, of Winnebago, Norman (Mary Ellen) Cyphers, of Lafayette, N.J., Rollo (Donna) Cyphers, of Blue Earth, Philip Cyphers, of Blue Earth, John (Ruth Ann) Cyphers, of Mantorville; special friend, Fern Adams, of Blue Earth; sisters, Leilah Anderson, of Winthrop, Eldora Kroells, of Green Isle and Elaine (Marv) Rohm, of Rudolph, Wis.; daughter-in-law, Patty Cyphers, of Blue Earth; son-in-law, Calvin Smith, of Medford, Ore.; sisters-in-law, Peggy Cyphers, of Winnebago, Elaine (Darvin) Cottur, of Fairmont, Janice (John) Koziel, of Roseville and Mary Kuckenbecker, of Elmore; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Howard, Alvin and Jerome Cyphers; and a sister, Lenora Smith.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com