John Henry Ryherd

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Fairbank: John Henry Ryherd age 86 passed away October 9, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo following a lengthy illness. John was born June 20, 1931 in Sac County , IA the son of Billie and Anna (Hellmann) Ryherd. He graduated from Alta High School in 1949 and served in the United States Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. John married Barbara Lamm October 6, 1951 in Galva, Iowa she preceded him in death. On February 12, 2000 he married Patricia Phillips (DeLong) in Dunkerton, Iowa. John worked at Rath Packing for 33 years, he also farmed during that time raising purebred chester white pigs. John was a very active member of both local and county wide boards and organizations. He was a past President of the Buchanan County Farm Bureau, longtime member of the Fairbank American Legion Post 552, Buchanan County Pork Producers and was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church of Fairbank as well as serving on the church board.

Survived by: his wife; Pat, two sons; David (Diane) Ryherd of Denver and Dennis Ryherd of Fairbank, one daughter; Debra Kitner of Lone Tree. Three step-daughters; Debra (Kenneth) Strong of Mount Vernon, Pamela Wolter of Denver and Angela (Scott) Graham of Dunkerton. 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by four brothers; Bill (Geri) Ryherd of Cedar Falls, Charles (Patricia) Ryherd of Alta, Don (Jill) Ryherd of Madison, MO and Ken (Kate) Ryherd of Mitchelville and one sister; Sara (Arlo) Lorenzen of Rockford, IL.

Preceded by: his parents, one son; James John Ryherd, his first wife, two grandchildren; Jennifer Ryherd and Bobbie Ryherd. Three brothers; Robert, Floyd and Ronnie Ryherd as well as two sisters; Marjorie Seufferlein and Margaret Ryherd.

Services: 10:30 am Friday, October 13, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Fairbank.

Visitation: 4:00-7:00 pm Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Woods Funeral Home in Fairbank and for one hour before services Friday at the church.

Interment: Fairbank Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Fairbank American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552.

Memorials: to the Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Cedar Valley Honor Flight or to the Fairbank United Methodist Church.

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Condolences for John Henry Ryherd

  1. We loved seeing John and Pat at family reunions and so enjoyed his devotion to family. His smile was contagious and he had such a big heart. His loved ones will truly miss him, but know he is at peace. We pray for all of you as you gather and remember a life well-lived.

  2. Prayers and sympathy to John’s family. He was a great guy! Always enjoyed being involved with everything and a friend to all. We knew him well when we were in Fairbank with the UMC. Wonderful memories of him. May your precious memories bring joy in years to come. God’s Love and Peace, Rev. Mary Green and Fritz Kruger

  3. My thoughts and prayers to the families. May you cherish all the memories you had with him. He always had a great smile and nice to all. I always enjoyed his visits.
    Love, Kim (DeLong) Miller

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