Thomas Rykhus

Born: Mon., Aug. 7, 1933
Died: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sat., Nov. 23, 2019
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Mon., Nov. 25, 2019
Location: Holy Rosary Catholic Church

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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.

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Mary (Mimi) Sant Skinner
   Posted Fri November 22, 2019
Dear Rykhus cousins,
You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. I remember, with plesusre, meeting all the extended Minnesota family at our reunion several years ago. (My dad is John Matthew Sant, son of Martin Sant.)

Arvis Hiniker
   Posted Fri November 22, 2019
Dear Betty and family, Even though I never met your husband and father I wish to convey my deepest sympathy for your loss. Betty, I have admired your devotion and dedication to your husband during these last difficult years for you and your family. I have been following your journey through our mutual friend, Lee. I, too, am suffering the loss of my dear husband of 55 years this past winter and my heart goes out to all of you. Lovingly, Arvis Hiniker

Margie & Dennis Haga
   Posted Sat November 23, 2019
Sorry that we cannot attend Tom’s wake or mass.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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