Isak Rye, 92, Luverne, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.
A funeral service was Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Isak Rye was born Sept. 4, 1925, to Nils and Bertha (Muus) Rye in Vestre Toten, Norway. He was raised on the family farm in Norway. At the age of 22, Isak immigrated to the United States of America. He arrived in New York on June 21, 1948. He then moved to Luverne to live on the farm with his uncle, Pete Nelson.
In 1958 Isak met his future wife, Irmtraut “Trudy” Kondert, at the YWCA International Friendship Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They were married on July 29, 1961, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Luverne. The couple lived in Luverne until 1969 when they purchased an acreage in Kanaranzi Township in Rock County. In 2000 they moved back to Luverne.
Isak worked at AR Wood Manufacturing from 1950 to 1981. He also enjoyed working for Don Storaker at Storaker Drug while owning and operating his own saw sharpening business, Ike’s Saw Sharpening. He worked as a custodian at Luverne Public Schools from 1982 until retiring in 1992.
During retirement, he and Trudy enjoyed traveling, including trips to Norway, Germany and Canada. Isak was a charter member of Bethany Lutheran Church and a member of Luther League. He was a lifetime member of the Sons of Norway. In his younger years, he enjoyed ski jumping. He also enjoyed sketching and photography. He was known for his great wit and good sense of humor.
Isak is survived by his wife, Trudy; a son, Bruce Rye, Luverne; a daughter, Idella Rye (special friend, Terry Hastings), Sioux Falls; four grandchildren, Jessica Rye (special friend, Jeremy Dobernecker), Jason (Crystal) Remme, Brian Remme, and Becky Jo (Curt) Nelson; five great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Dominic, Ayden, Duane, and Ezra; and two brothers, Syver Rye, Boverbru, Norway, and Knut (Karen) Rye, Reinsvoll, Norway.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Nils Rye and Ingeborg Paulson.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.