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Fred Albert Rychnovsky was born June 17, 1940 to Dola Dale (Saltzman) and Paul Fred Rychnovsky on a farm in rural Benton, IA. Fred attended school at Benton through the 10th grade. At that time the Benton school closed, and he attended Mount Ayr Community High School graduating in 1959.
From a very young age all Fred ever wanted to do was farm with his father. He would often rush home after school so that he could farm where he was happiest. Fred and his father were known for their collection of Case tractors which have been recognized throughout the Midwest. He was known for his hard work, gentle spirit, funny sense of humor, big smile and giggly laugh. He lovingly cared for his aging parents and honored them throughout his life. He was an amazing older brother to his three sisters who all shared, from childhood, the love of family, faith and God. He loved his nieces and nephews and looked forward to their long visits during summer breaks. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
Fred continued farming on the family farm until he passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Lowell Jensen; cousins, Lawrence (Sue) Rychnovsky and Reba Rychnovsky.
He is survived by his sisters, Evelyn Jensen of Massena, Carolyn (John) Wojcik of Omaha, NE and Janice (Loren) Pogreba of Austin, TX; nieces and nephews, John Jensen of Massena, Barbette (James) Hatcher of Kansas City, MO, Mary (Andrew) McElmeel of Omaha, NE, Joe Wojcik of Omaha, NE and Lori Progreba of Austin, TX; cousins, John Rychnovsky of Diagonal and Mark (Tammy) Rychnovsky of Diagonal; other extended family and friends.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating will be Father Chris Reising.
Musician will be Betsy Keenan.
Casketbearers will be Andrew McElmeel, Blake Rychnovsky,  Eric Walters, Roger Walters, Don Hove and Dave Shiflett.
Burial will be in the Bohemian Cemetery in Diagonal, Iowa.
Memorials are to the Bohemian Cemetery.

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