Rudy Zupetz

Rudolph Roy “Rudy” Zupetz, 79, Minot died on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, in a Minot hospital from an apparent heart attack.

Rudy was born on Jan. 12, 1934, in Virginia, Minn., to Rudolph and Edna (Johnson) Zupetz. He was reared and educated there and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Virginia, Minn., in 1951. He attended a junior college in Virginia, Minn., graduated from the Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, Colo., in 1955 and received his master’s degree in industrial education from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Rudy was drafted into the Army in November of 1955 and served until his honorable discharge in November of 1957. Following his discharge he moved to Minot, where he was employed as a teacher.

Rudy married Mary Isakson on Dec. 29, 1961, in Frost, Minn. They made their home in Minot, where Rudy established Zupetz Cabinet and Construction in 1969. In his younger years and during the summer months Rudy was an assistant golf professional in Virginia, Minn. More recently, he was a golf instructor at Souris Valley Golf Course in Minot. He retired in 1996.

Rudy was a former member of Augustana Lutheran Church, Minot, where he was a member of the church board of directors, and was currently a member of Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot. Rudy was an active member of the Minot Junior Golf Association, Minot Hockey Boosters and Magic City Figure Skating Club and played a major role in establishing the Jack Hoeven Wee Links Golf Course in Minot. He was a longtime member of the Minot Curling Club and Souris Valley Golf Course Men’s League and especially enjoyed woodworking, golfing, curling and traveling.

Rudy’s loving family includes: his wife of 51 years, Mary; children, Susan (Roger) Howse, of El Paso, Texas, Ruth (Tom) Miller, of Farmington, Conn., Rudy (Lisa) Zupetz Jr., of Castle Rock, Colo., and Karen (Bob) Isaacson, of Minnetonka, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Ryan, Ben and Jacob Howse; Anthony and Amanda Miller; Rudy and Ellie Zupetz and Libby, Zack and Frank Isaacson; brother, Gilbert Zupetz, of White Mountain Lake, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rudy was preceded in death by his parents.

Celebration of the Life of Rudy Zupetz: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 11:30 a.m., in Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment arrangements are pending.

Visitation: Friday, Dec. 13, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to Bread of Life Lutheran Church, The 2nd Story Social Club or the Minot Curling Club, all Minot.

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