FORDYCE - Rudolph C. Lammers, 100, of Hartington died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce with burial in the parish cemetery and the Rev. David Fulton officiating. Visitation will be 1-5 p.m. Tuesday with a 2 p.m. rosary at Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington and a vigil service at 7 p.m. at the church. Visitation will resume one hour prior to service Wednesday at the church.
Rudy was born on June 18, 1908, to Joseph H. and Catherine (Willembring) Lammers. He lived west of Hartington, in the Lammers Ranch area, all of his life where he farmed. Rudy's education was mostly at the Lammers Ranch School, a year in Fordyce to get a religious education so he could make his first Holy Communion.
Rudy attended Trinity High School and an accounting school in Sioux City and proceeded on to Lincoln where he received his diploma in auto and tractor school in 1929. Throughout his school years, he received many awards for his meticulous penmanship and spelling.
Rudy married Rose J. Arens on Jan. 5, 1932, in Hartington. To this union, seven children were born. In March of 2004, Rudy became a resident of the Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Rudy was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and was a former trustee of the church. He also was a former member of the board of directors for the Farmers Union Co-op in Hartington.
Rudy enjoyed playing the violin and harmonica. He was an excellent herdsman, loved to hunt and always kept busy on the farm. Rudy carried on the tradition of his father's apple orchard, and his three sons continue this tradition today. He was "the patriarch" of his family, was a very kind man and always had a great sense of humor with a quick wink. God and family were Rudy's top priorities.
Rudy is survived by seven children and their spouses, Cyril and Irene Lammers of Fordyce, Clair and Vivian Lammers of Fairbanks, Alaska, Vivian and Alburn Wiebelhaus of Aurora, Colo., Angela and Armand Wiebelhaus of Yankton, Joan and Sam Brice of Fairbanks, Alaska, Jeanne and Don Schmidt of Crofton, Mark Lammers of Hartington; 36 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Adeline Hansen of Houston, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Lammers of Hartington.
Rudy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rose; four brothers, Ray, Alfred, Hugo and Arthur Lammers; five sisters, Hilda Filips, Alphonsa Pautler, Rita Love, Dora Lammers and Lucina Prier; a great-grandson, Peter Anderson; a son-in-law, John Chalupnik; and two daughters-in-law, Phyllis Lammers and Nancy Lammers.
Pallbearers will be Mike Lammers, Art Wiebelhaus, Danette Schmidt, Scott Lammers, Joe Lammers, Ross Lammers, Jacob Lammers, John Wiebelhaus and Steve Chalupnik.
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