Breyer, Roderick R.


Roderick R. Breyer, 89, of Ridgeway, Minn., died on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Mayo Health System, La Crosse. He was born on November 12, 1927, in New Hartford Township, Minn., to Andrew and Ida (Huebner) Breyer. He married Gladys Emery on September 3, 1948, in La Crosse. They moved to the family farm near Ridgeway in 1949 where they farmed for 64 years. Rod also worked for Trane Co. as a welder for over 30 years. After retirement, they enjoyed wintering in the south. Rod loved watching Vikings football, Twins baseball, old Westerns, and climbing on the four-wheeler to check out the farm. He also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by two daughters, Karen (Don) Groth of Cumberland, Wis., and Marilyn (Dave) Gellersen of Ridgeway, Minn.; a son, Randy (Val) Breyer of Ridgeway, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Scott (Judy) Groth, Tami (Shawn) Brooks, Ellen (Lance) Trotman, Heidi (Ben) Olson, April Breyer, Adam Breyer, Amy Breyer, Rachael (Michael) Pierce, Sarah (Lamond) Hessler, and Karl (Heather) Gellersen; 17 great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Rebecca Groth, Megan Powell, Nessa Brooks, Ahnika and Cully Trotman, Jacob and Marcus Olson, Daniel Hessler, Hannah, Marshall, Seth, RubyAnne, and Hudson Pierce, and Gracie, Madeline and Jake Gellersen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; a great-granddaughter, Emily Powell; four sisters; and one brother.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, Ridgeway, Minn. Pastor Anthony Straseske will officiate. Burial will be in the Bush Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of services. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of La Crescent are in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at

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