Thomas Henry Rykhus
Thomas Henry Rykhus, 86, died peacefully in the hospital surrounded by his family on November 20, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am MONDAY November 25, 2019 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato. Visitation will be held from 5-8pm SATURDAY November 23, 2019 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. . Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. **Please note that Visitation is SATURDAY and Mass is MONDAY**.

Tom was born in North Mankato to Harold and Anna (Sant) Rykhus. He graduated from Mankato High School, started a bricklayer apprenticeship, and became a journeyman before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1955. He served with the 75th Regimental Combat Team in Okinawa and later was sent to Korea. Upon returning to civilian life, he continued with masonry construction. He married Betty Friedrichs in 1961, and together they raised five children. Tom also earned a business degree from Mankato State College.

Tom was an avid Minnesota sports enthusiast and enjoyed bowling. He loved fishing both at his cabin on Duck Lake and Camp Cuyuna. He was a North Mankato volunteer fire fighter for 20 years and was an active member of Holy Rosary Church as an usher and Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, daughter Terri (Tom) Schwartz, daughter Jan (Jeff) Willaert, son Tim, son Steven (Amy), and son David, nine grandchildren, two great grandsons, brother Richard (Gloria) of Mankato, sister Marie (Jim) Hassing of Wells, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in dead by his brother Jerome, parents, and one great-grandson.
Published on November 21, 2019

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Sharon Schwartz
Dec 01, 2019
We're so sorry for your loss and would like to extend our deepest sympathy and prayers.
Marilyn Korth (Jim Korth) Family
Terry Groth
Nov 24, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
Sue and Denny Blankensop
Nov 23, 2019
We are truly sorry to hear of Toms passing. Those fond memories of the past will forever be cherished especially the great times we had together serving on the Fire Department.
Dick & Marlyce Nordby
Nov 23, 2019
Sorry to here of your loss.
Nov 22, 2019
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