07/12/2010

Signer O. Rykhus, 87

Signer O. Rykhus, 87, of Lowry, died May 30, 2010, at the Bethany Home in Alexandria.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 16, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Chapel in Bethany Home in Alexandria with Melody Warren offiating. There will be a visitation one hour before and a luncheon will immediately follow the service with interment and Military honors at the Oak Park Cemetery, outside Lowry.

Sig was born in Dovray on April 25, 1923, to Peter and Olga Rykhus. He was inducted into the United States Army and served in Germany during WWII. He married Amy Moen Schmidt on June 14, 1948. After devotedly caring for her for many years, he said goodbye to her on March 2, 2000, and often spoke of looking forward to seeing her again. He adored spending time with his granchildren. He started the Lowry Hatchery in 1941 and was known to many in the area as the owner operator for many years.

Sig is survived by three daughters and two sons, Karen King of Melbourne, Fla., Peter Rykhus of Minneapolis, Paul Rykhus of Holmes City, Mary (Rykhus) Smith of Ottawa, Canada, and Martha (Rykhus) Licari of Glenwood; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Heather Miller of Washington, D.C. (mother of Brooke), Aaron Rykhus of Fargo, N.D., Caleb Rykhus of Glenwood (father of Porter), Desiree (Rykhus) Dunmire of Brainerd and Mathew, Nathan, Timothy, Amy Jo and Marita Smith of Ottawa, Canada; and two sisters, Louise Ruble of Frederick, Md., and Judy Knudson of Westbrook.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Amy; his sisters, Alice and Dagmar; and sons-in-law, Joesph Licari and John Miller.

Message of Thanks

Thank you to all the nurses and staff who cared for him over the past few years in Starbuck, Glenwood and Alexandria. He commented, "I want to let the staff know how much I appreciate what they have done for me. They have been so good to me."