Rudolph G. "Rudy" Pfeiffer

Rudolph G. "Rudy" Pfeiffer, 103, of West Bend, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2008 at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center, West Bend.

He was born on May 4, 1905 in Chicago to the late George and Anna Marie (nee Igel) Pfeiffer, who were both from Germany.

Rudyís mother died in childbirth, and his father married Clara Kahnt.

Rudyís family moved to the West Bend area when he was a teenager.

Not liking farming, he went back to Illinois and worked in his cousinís grocery store.

While visiting his family in West Bend, Rudy met and was united in marriage to Lillian Bumiller on July 18, 1931 at the German Walnut Street Methodist Church in West Bend.

Rudy had many businesses, including Rudyís Service Station, Rudyís General Store and the Light House Lanes Bowling Alley.

He invested in and worked at Barton Washing Machine Co. and Mallard Coach Co. He also helped others get into business.

Rudy retired at the age of 75 from Barton Screw Machine Co.

At the age of 99 Rudy gave up his driverís license and he and Lill moved to Cedar Bay West Assisted Living.

Rudy was a member of Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, West Bend.

He is survived by his wife of 77 years, Lillian; a daughter, Margaret (Allen) Hron of the town of Kewaskum; three grandchildren, Dr. Kim (Dr. James) Stewart of Chesterfield, Mo., Deborah (Steven) Wolfe of Germantown and Steven (Stephanie) Hron of Larkspur, Colo; five great-grandchildren, Adam and Madelyn Wolfe, Matthew, Caroline and Emma Stewart; a sister-in-law, Ella Bumiller of West Bend; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Krueger; a brother, Arthur Pfeiffer, along with his wife Evelyn; two sisters, Marie Yahr and her husband Raymond, and Loretta Hughes and her husband Harold.

Funeral services in remembrance of Rudy will be held on Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at the Fifth Ave. United Methodist Church, 323 S. Fifth Ave., West Bend, with Rev. Janis Best officiating.

Visitation will be on Thursday at the church from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

Burial will be in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend, at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Memorials to Cedar Community or the Fifth Ave. United Methodist Church are appreciated.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, West Bend, is assisting the family.

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