Rudolf “Rudy” Hamer, 85, of Hendricks, Minn., died Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with the Rev. Duane Baun officiating. Burial is in the Hendricks City Cemetery in Hendricks.
Visitation is from 5–7 p.m. today at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will resume Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Rudolf August Hamer was born March 18, 1927, to parents Rudolf and Emma (Brandt) Hamer in Lake Benton, Minn. In 1950, he served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
On June 26, 1954, he married Pearl Kvernmo at First Lutheran Church in Hendricks.
They had two children, Gergory and Denise. Rudy and Pearl lived on a farm west of Hendricks, where they began farming. Rudy started the first dairy farm with a milking parlor.
Rudy retired from farming in 1973 and moved into Hendricks. During this time, he started doing sales for silo unloaders and worked with Louis Sherlin as a monument salesman.
Rudy was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Western Community Action for 11 years, and Ruben-Hansen American Legion Post 195.
Rudy enjoyed playing cards, dancing, fishing and watching the Twins and Vikings. His greatest enjoyment was his family and granddaughters, Chelsea and Justine.
He is survived by his wife, Pearl; son, Greg Hamer of Hendricks; daughter, Denise (Hamer) Sternke; son-in-law, Ken Sternke; two granddaughters, all of Lino Lakes, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and their spouses, Meta (Donald) Kahnk and Ida (Ray) Kontz; and two brothers, Ted and Walter.