John Henry Ryherd

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

John Henry Ryherd, age 86, passed away October 9, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo following a lengthy illness. John was born June 20, 1931 in Sac County, 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, she preceded him in death.

On February 12, 2000 he married Patricia Phillips (DeLong) in Dunkerton. 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.

John is 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.

He is 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 will be held10:30 a.m. Friday, October 13, at the United Methodist Church in Fairbank.

Visitation will take place 4-7 p.m. Thursday, October 12, at Woods Funeral Home in Fairbank and for one hour before services Friday at the church. Military rites will take place at the Fairbank Cemetery and will be conducted by the Fairbank American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552.

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