March 30, 1925-July 4, 2011
SLAYTON - Services for Elgie Henry Rachuy, 86, are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at American Lutheran Church in Worthington. Burial is at Worthington City Cemetery Worthington. Military honors accorded by the Avoca American Legion Post and the Iona VFW Post. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday.
He died Monday, July 4, 2011, at Our House Hospice Home in Slayton.
Elgie Rachuy was born March 30, 1925, in Little Sauk, to Fred and Christena Rachuy. The family moved to a farm near Sibley, Iowa, and later to a farm near Wilmont, where Elgie attended country school. The family later moved to a farm near Brewster and Elgie met his future wife, Delores O'Neil. On Nov. 27, 1944, Elgie was drafted into the United States Army and served in Japan. Following his discharge on Nov. 14, 1946, Elgie returned to Brewster. On Dec. 4, 1950, he and Delores were married at the Immanuel American Lutheran (Pfingsten) Church in rural Fulda. Following their marriage they farmed near Brewster until 1957 when they moved to a farm near Slayton. Elgie also sold feed and seed corn for various companies over the years. Due to failing health Elgie moved to Our House Hospice Home in Slayton on May 27, 2011. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Worthington and a former member of Faith Lutheran Church in Avoca. Elgie also was a member of the Avoca American Legion Post and the Iona VFW Post. Elgie enjoyed spending time with his family, playing cards, doing jigsaw puzzles, restoring antique tractors, and going to the races. Elgie's passion in life was his family and farming.
Survivors include his wife, Delores Rachuy of Slayton; three sons, Bob Rachuy of Avoca, Chuck Rachuy of Slayton and Larry (and Heidi) Rachuy of Slayton; two grandchildren, Erica Lang (and Stuart), and Cole Rachuy (and Lacey Christiansen); one great-granddaughter, Raelynn Lang; and one brother, Glen Rachuy of Tucson, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Richard Rachuy, son, James Rachuy, three brothers, Louie, Merle, and William Rachuy, two infant sisters and two sisters, Lillian Schipper and Fern Ommen.