John Henry Ryherd

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

John Henry Ryherd, 86, of Fairbank, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo following a lengthy illness.

He was born June 20,1931, in Sac County, son of Billie and Anna Hellmann Ryherd. He married Barbara Lamm on Oct. 6, 1951, in Galva; she preceded him in death. On Feb. 12,2000, he married Patricia Phillips (DeLong) in Dunkerton. He graduated from Alta High School in 1949 and served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. John worked at Rath Packing for 33 years, he also farmed during that time raising purebred chester white pigs. He was an active member of both local and countywide 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 the United Methodist Church of Fairbank as well as serving on the church board.

Survived by: his wife; two sons, David (Dianne) of Denver and Dennis of Fairbank; a daughter, Debra Kitner of Lone Tree; three stepdaughters, Debra (Kenneth) Strong of Mount Vernon, Pamela Wolter of Denver and Angela (Scott) Graham of Dunkerton; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; nine step great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; four brothers, Bill (Geri) of Cedar Falls, Charles (Patricia) of Alta, Don (Jill) of Madison, Mo., and Ken (Kate) Ryherd of Mitchellville; and a sister, Sara (Arlo) Lorenzen of Rockford, Ill.

Preceded in death by: his parents; a son, James John Ryherd; two grandchildren, Jennifer Ryherd and Bobbie Ryherd; three brothers, Robert, Floyd and Ronnie; and two sisters, Marjorie Seufferlein and Margaret Ryherd.

Services were Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Fairbank, with burial in Fairbank Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Fairbanks American Legion Fortsch-Duffy Post 552. Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 12, at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank, and for one hour before services Friday at the church.