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Eureka, SD-Funeral service for Myron Rudolf, 83, of Eureka will be 10:30 am, Friday, August 16, 2019 at Avera Eureka Health Care Center Chapel.  Rev. Ryan Gage will officiate.

Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Eureka.

There will be visitation for one hour prior to the service at the chapel.

Myron died August 13, 2019 at Avera Eureka Health Care Center.

Myron Rudolf was born November 10, 1935 at Danzig, North Dakota to Arthur and Emelia (Ulmer) Rudolf.  He spent the first 11 years of his life on the farm.  Myron had polio at an early age and was not allowed to attend school.  He was a member of Zion American Lutheran Church.

Myron loved farm animals.  He especially enjoyed the guinea hens and tried to imitate their sounds.  Evenings he would put the ducks into their barn.  He also helped pump water for the livestock.  He had a brown dog which he named Nippy. Myron talked about Nippy sleeping with him.

Myron’s older brother, Ervin, told the story of a near fatal accident.  When Myron was just a toddler, he crawled underneath the family Model-T Ford just as his father was backing it out of the garage.  Myron crawled out the front of the car, shaken but unhurt.

Myron’s mother Emelia died January 25, 1946 at age 43.  Later his father remarried Rose, and they moved to Eureka. She and his father had one daughter, Donna.  When his father died, Myron lived with his stepmother, Rose, until he moved into the Lutheran Home on August 30, 1973.

Myron loved to play checkers, hardly anyone could beat him.  He also liked to play cards and participate in group games, such as bean bag and bowling.  He was very active in the Senior Olympics.  Myron enjoyed being outside on beautiful days.  He also enjoyed going fishing whenever he could.   Volunteers in the community would make a day of it and take a group fishing. Eugene Junkert bought a trophy (A Big Mouth singing Billy Bass) it was to be passed around each time to the person that caught the biggest fish.  Myron received it first and he never gave it up.  He liked listening to the radio and watching western movies.

Myron lived at Avera Eureka Health Care Center for 46 years.  Many of those years the staff, other residents and community visitors were his family.  He saw many staff come and go and he had many favorites along with some not so favorite.  You could typically hear and understand Myron’s favorite saying, “My bike”.  Myron had a scooter many years ago that he had to quit driving, due to his diagnosis and safety issues.  Myron had a collection of ceramic animals.  Like many of our collections he decided to sell them and AEHCC held a rummage sale.  When Myron wanted something he would first say, “You buy” sometimes it worked.  Many of the staff at AEHCC will think of Myron when they eat chicken drummies, dumplings and fried eggs, all favorites of Myron’s.

Myron is survived by his half-sister, Donna, nephews, Dean Rudolf and Ronald Rudolf and cousins, Adele Wolf, Phyllis and Elmer Bender, Lavern Bender, Lonnie Bender, Merlynn Bender, Sylvia Thompson, Dennis Rieker, Tom Rieker and Rick Rieker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, one infant brother, one infant sister, his brother and sister-in-law, Ervin and Luella and his aunt, Hilda Bender.

Honorary Casketbearers will be the Staff of Avera Eureka Health Care Center.

Casketbearers will be Wes Hilgemann, David Roggenkamp, Dawn Regula, Gary Wolff, Tom Rieker and Arlene Kurle.

Carlsen Funeral Home of Eureka has been entrusted with arrangements.