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Rudy Faber - June 29, 2013


Rudolph (Rudy) Wilson Faber died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Bethany Home.
Rudy was born Nov. 15, 1913, at the family farm in Kearney County near Holstein. Rudy was the youngest of nine siblings born to John and Anna Marie (Koinzan) Faber.
Rudy attended West Point School District No. 41 for three years, and then he went to St. Paul’s Lutheran Christian Day School in Holstein.
He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Holstein.
Rudy is survived by his wife of 71 years, Lenore Faber of Minden; daughter-in-law, Dana Faber of Minden; grandson, James Faber (Becky Owens, significant other) of Heartwell; and granddaughter, Allison Jones (Aaron) of Ogallala; five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Rudy was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Adolph, Emil, John, and Victor; sisters, Emma Jensen, Elsie Hohlfeld, Ella Schroeder, and Golda Steiner, son, Allen Faber, and an infant grandson.
Rudy lived most of his life in south central Nebraska and farmed the majority of his life. From 1936 to 1939, he drove a fuel transport truck from Enid, Okla., and Kansas City, Kan., to the Champion stations in Nebraska.
From 1939 until 1940, he worked in Brauly, Calif., on electrical substations. He returned to Nebraska and resumed transporting fuel.
On Feb. 11, 1942, Uncle Sam said, “I want you.” Rudy was inducted into the army air forces, and took his basic training at Shepard Field, Texas. He was sent to Syracuse, N.Y.
On June 7, 1942, he married Lenore Steiner from Heartwell at the Lutheran Church in Syracuse, N.Y. They lived in Syracuse and Hempstead, N.Y. On Oct. 7, 1942, Rudy was shipped overseas to China. He arrived there on Dec. 1, 1942, and was there until Jan. 26, 1945.
While in China, he was a “Special Vehicle Operator” and refueled planes that flew the “Hump.” He was awarded the “Bronze Star” due to a method he developed of rapidly and accurately refueling planes.
He was stationed in Nashville, Tenn., until Oct. 17, 1945, when he received his honorable discharge at LAAF in Lincoln.
From 1945 to 1947, he worked as a mechanic in Kenesaw.
In 1947, Rudy and Lenore purchased a farm two miles east of Heartwell. He farmed, drove school bus for the Heartwell School, and built a well drilling rig with a partner. They drilled approximately 100 wells for neighbors, relatives, and friends during the 1950s.
In 2006, they moved from the farm to Minden. In May of 2013, he moved to Bethany Home.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Holstein with the Rev. Harold King officiating.
Burial will be in the Minden Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation will be at the Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Holstein.
Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden is in charge of arrangements.