Marvin “Bud” Rachuy


Rachuy WebMarvin “Bud” Rachuy age 94 of Westbrook passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Our House Hospice of Murray County in Slayton. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 15 at Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Visitation is 3:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday at the Westbrook Funeral Home with a 5:30 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Interment is in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Rose Hill Township. Online condolences may be sent via Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marvin “Bud” Grant Rachuy was born on June 7, 1920 in Rosehill Township, near Westbrook, Minnesota to Ernest and Bertha (Bloch) Rachuy. He was baptized into the Christian faith on July 4, 1920. He attended Country School District 59 in Rosehill Township. Bud was confirmed on September 1934 at what is now Grace Lutheran Church of Westbrook. He moved to the Bloch family (Century Farm) southwest of Westbrook in 1937. On December 13, 1958, he married Diana Catherine Wahl in Rochester, Minnesota. Bud and Diana worked on the farm, served in the Westbrook community and in the church, and raised 5 children together. Bud mentored his children, grandchildren, and nephews and nieces in the art of farming and rural living. He took great pride in raising corn, soybeans, cattle, pigs, and horses. Bud enjoyed woodcutting, and burned wood to heat the home. He walked daily for fitness. He served as town board supervisor for 40 years. Bud attended church Bible studies and worked to keep up with his Bible reading schedule. He played cards twice a day with his friends in downtown Westbrook.

He leaves to mourn his children: Adam (Becky) Rachuy of Hastings, Lydia Tilstra of Northfield, Ann (Michael) Tighe of Avon, Hilja (David) Nelsen of North Andover, MA, and Charmaine (Sandro) Braga of Los Fresnos, Tx; two sisters and a brother-in-law: Elffie Kopperud of Westbrook and Orpha (Ben) Emkes of Seymour, IN; fourteen grandchildren: Jacob, Andrew, and Bryan Rachuy, Caleb (Nicole), Jayna, Micah, and Elijah Tilstra, Abriana and Mariah Tighe, Isaiah and Tarja Nelsen, Gabriela, Natasha, and Tatiana Braga; two great children Kenzley and Kamryn Tilstra; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Diana; his parents, Ernest and Bertha Rachuy; sisters Ellen Nelsen and Muriel Gundermann; and brother-in-laws Lloyd Nelsen, Pete Gundermann, and Truman Kopperud.

Blessed be his memory.


  1. Michael Burroughs says:

    You are in our thoughts a prayers as we remember Uncle Bud and mourn with you. Wish we could be there with you during this difficult time. God Bless.

    Mike and Sandy (Emkes) Burroughs

  2. Lynelle Lanoue says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. All your wonderful memories will live on forever.
    Deepest Sympathies,
    Lynelle & Jeff Lanoue

  3. Carol Hovde says:

    I remember when I waitressed at the Dovray Manor Supper Club and Mr. and Mrs. Bud would come in for supper. It was always a smile and little visit that we shared. Fun times.
    Our sympathies to the family

  4. Gary Knudson says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with all of your families.

  5. Ardys ( Nelsen ) Dennis says:

    Sorry to hear of Buds passing. We had many a good card game in our younger days. Deepest sympathies.

  6. Tim Rongstad says:

    To Lydia and all of Bud’s family,
    My condolences to the Rachuy family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Cathie and Paul Maeyaert says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We wish we could be there in person, but will be thinking of you often during this time of loss.

  8. Ken & Margaret Swanson says:

    Adam & family,
    Our sympathy on the loss of your father. It was good to visit with you a few years ago when you were in Ivanhoe … think we saw you & your boys at the school for some event.
    Ken just got out of the hospital so don’t think we will be able to come for funeral.
    Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.
    Ken & Margaret

  9. Jan Anderson says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your father very well. I thought your mother and he were great people. You are in my prayers.

  10. Dear Ann and family,

    I only met Bud twice but I admired his humble independence and great family.
    By all accounts he lived a long and great life.
    A prayer to all of you. brett

  11. Debra (Bloch) Otto says:

    I am sorry to hear about your dad. He was a wonderful man who always had a welcoming smile for everyone. When our parents leave us behind, it certainly creates a big hole in our hearts. May God’s blessings and strength surround you all and may your memories and faith sustain you.

  12. Paula Kronback Johnson says:

    Dear Rachuy family,
    I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. I have so many wonderful memories of both of your parents. I wish I could be there with you, but will be thinking of you and keeping you all in my prayers in the days to come.

  13. Jana Emkes-Gray says:

    Words can not describe what my Uncle Bud meant to me. He was my mentor, friend, role model, and favorite uncle. I am so blessed to have known him, been so close to him, and been able to celebrate his life. He certainly was one of a kind. He passed that wisdom, compassion, and love onto his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23

  14. Deland Bloch says:

    So sorry to hear of Buds passing. He was always a pleasure to visit with. He, like my father Louis Bloch lived a long life in the Westbrook area. Keep in touch Adam.

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