Russell W. Rahn, age 90, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Friday, September 15, 2017 at his daughter's home in Omaha, Nebraska.
Funeral services are 11:00 AM, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Yankton with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and SD Army National Guard Funeral Honors. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, on Monday, September 18 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.
Pallbearers are Jim Thomas, Jon Thomas, Dennis Brunick, Mark Hardy, Tyler Reaney and Charlie Larsen. Honorary pallbearers are Leo Bohlmann, Dr. Mert Cady, Doug Nelson, Kent Nelson, Justin Reaney, Jerry Paulsen and Randy Johnson.
Russell W. Rahn was born on January 3, 1927 to August and Olga (Bohlmann) Rahn in Yankton, South Dakota. Russ was raised on the family farm in rural Yankton County. He attended the Knodel School and graduated from Irene High School in 1945. As a senior in high school, Russ was drafted in the US Army on May 1, 1945. He took Basic Training in Camp Hood, Texas and was then transferred to Fort Lewis and later sent to Japan and was assigned to the US Army Medical Core. He was trained in Medical Laboratory Service in Japan. Russ achieved rank of Staff Sargent and was discharged from the army on December 20, 1947. After his discharge, he came home to Yankton. On May 16, 1948, Russ married Wilma L. Nelson. He went to work for the State of SD as a lab technician and continued this work while he attended night school at the Yankton Business College located in the Yankton Collins Hotel. When he completed his course in Business Management and Accounting, he went to work for Yankton Home Gas Company as an office manager and bookkeeper. Russ then found a local financial company and received training in finance and collection work.
Russ moved with his family to Columbus, NE and worked for United Finance Company as a Branch Manager for five years. He moved to Tacoma, WA but then six months later accepted an offer to work for Federated Finance Company in Sioux Falls, SD. Russ was asked to open a new office in his hometown of Yankton. He was promoted to district manager and served in several branch offices in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and Utah. He worked for this company under different names for about 30 years. Russ then worked for Valley State Bank in Yankton which merged with First National Bank of Omaha until he retired at the age of 62.
Russ and his family were over 50 year members of the First United Methodist Church in Columbus, NE and Yankton, SD. He was also a longtime member of the VFW, Yankton Elks Club, Columbus Lions Club and Yankton Lions Club. Russ enjoyed gardening and always had a big garden. He enjoyed playing golf, going fishing and pheasant hunting with his family.
Survivors include son, Jan Rahn of Yankton; daughter, Cheryl (Tom) Wildy of Omaha; and two granddaughters, Elisa and Alexa Wildy of Omaha.
Russ was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wilma Rahn who passed away on April 21, 2015 at the age of 88 and shared a wonderful marriage of over 66 years; two brothers, Arnold and Marvin Rahn; and four sisters, Eunice Natwick, Violet Tyler, Joyce Pitts and Betty Kaufman.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Yankton or a charity of your choice.
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Our prayers and sympathy are with the Wildy /Rahn families. We loved Uncle Russell very, very much. I remember when he made home made ice-cream for us , and all the wonderful vegetables and fruit he would bring to us from his fantastic garden.
Jerri and Bob Green
Uncle Russ was always a soft spoken man, always ready to give a hug. I was one of the little girls lucky enough to be in his and Aunt Wilma's wedding, Sending our love and sympathy, to all.
Don and Marlyn Morgans
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