Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Joseph Pfeifer was born July 9, 1932 in Vincent, Kansas to parents Jacob A. and Regina M. (Brungardt) Pfeifer and passed away surrounded by his family on May 7, 2012 at the V.A. hospital in Topeka, Kansas.
He was married to Irma Joan Befort of Hays, Ks. on July 6, 1957 and together they had 6 children. Military service was a proud part of Rudy’s life. He served in the U.S. Army and was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion. Faith in God, family, friends, love of sports and music, and coaching youth baseball in the 60’s and 70’s, were all passions of his. Rudy and his family called many places home including Hays Ks., Russell Ks., Osborne Ks. He always spoke fondly of the people he met and times that he spent in each of the towns that they called ‘home’. Rudy never met a stranger, or forgot a name or face, and always appreciated the relationships that he formed throughout the years referring to them all as “Lasting Forever”.
Rudy is survived by 6 children Rudolph Jr. and wife Kelly, Rocky and wife Andrea, Roxanne and husband Mike, Rebecca, Rick and wife Missi, and Dan and wife Athena, brothers and sisters Alice Schmidt, Armella Passini, Charlotte Ludwick, Ralph Pfeifer and wife Ruth, Catherine Olson and husband Tom, and Rozanne French and husband Jerry, 23 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Irma, parents Jacob and Regina, brothers and sisters Killiana Schmidt, Daniel, Lorraine Williamson, Louise Scandura, Rudolph, William, and Jacob.
Visitation and Rosary will be at 6:00 p.m. on Friday May 11th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, Ks. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday May 12th at St. John’s Evangelist Catholic Church 1234 Kentucky St. in Lawrence followed by burial at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to: County Fair Swim Club P.O. Box 976 Lawrence, Ks 66044.
Messages & Condolences
Dear children of my brother Rudy and Irma. May god help you through this trying time. Your uncle and aunts share your sorrow and love.
Daddy, you were my father, my friend, my hero,I will miss our phone visits as well as your voice, and the sparkle in your eyes,but I will always cheerish the moments that our heavenly father blessed me with for the past 50 years. “you are free! on 05-07-12 you were embraced by our Lord and savior;Jesus Christ,your bride,parents, and many more loved ones.Love always and forever.Beck
So sorry for your loss of you dad, my thoughts & prayers are with you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
To Rocky & Andrea so sorry for the loss of your Dad. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Roxanne – I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I remember fondly growing up across the street from your family. Please extend my condolences to your entire family! If you are ever in Russell, I am still here!!!
We love and miss you, Pa.
We love and miss you Pa
All of our love.
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