Rudy Blawat, 75

Rudy Blawat, 75, of Greenbush, MN, died on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in LifeCare Medical Center at Roseau, MN.
      Rudy Blawat was born on March 11, 1939 to Floyd and Mary Blawat (Marynik) in Greenbush, MN. While growing up he attended school in Greenbush.
In the early 60’s, Rudy began farming with his dad and brothers northwest of Greenbush. Rudy was united in marriage to Alice (Mlodzik) on February 11, 1961. Together they began milking dairy cattle and kept the herd until 2005. When his father retired he continued to farm with his brothers, Rafine and Floyd. In 1997 his sons joined him and together they formed R & B Farms J.V. where he worked until his own retirement in 2009. Even after retiring he loved helping his boys during seeding and harvest. He enjoyed raising beef cattle and going to the livestock sales in Bagley, MN. He, also, would spend countless days ice fishing while Alice would stay home and milk cows. He did this so he, “could put food on the table”!
      Rudy enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting, taking his dogs for rides in the Ranger, watching Gunsmoke, and spending time in the family shop. Rudy was well known and liked by all. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor and for the pranks he liked to play.
      Rudy is survived by his loving wife Alice; children, Bill (Punky) Blawat, Becky Johnston (Jeff), Brian Blawat (Tammy), Barbie Blawat (Bill), and Brad (Cathi) Blawat.
      Grandchildren, Tishel (Chad) Schwegel, Tasha (Jamie) Lisell, Noah (Alicia) Hodgson, Austin Johnston, Trista (Joe) Ryba, Alissah Rice (Jon).
      Great-grandchildren, Austin Ryba, Presleigh Rice, Wyatt Ryba, Easton Grenz Sofia Lisell, Madalyn Lisell, Tanya Schwegel; brothers, Rafine Blawat, Floyd Blawat; sister, Delores Anderson; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Mlodzik.
       He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Loretta Pelowski; father-in-law, John Mlodzik; sister-in-law, Ann Heltne; and his best Ranger co-pilot, Zeke.
     Funeral Services were held on Monday, January 26, 2015 in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church of Greenbush with Father George Noel, officiating. Organist was Michelle Peppel and Darcy Hasson was the song leader.  Altar Servers were Ely & Ethan Novacek.  Eucharistic Ministers were John & Connie Stanislawski.  Robert Blawat was the Reader. Gift Bearers were Tishel Schwegel, Tasha Lisell, Alissah Rice & Trista Ryba.  Casket Bearers were Noah Hodgson, Austin Johnston, Jesse Graff, Claire Kjersten, Richard Foldesi & Gary Moening. The Knights of Columbus was the Honorary Group.
      Interment was in St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery at Leo, MN with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush in charge of arrangements.

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