Rudolph R. Siira
Rudolph R. Siira
  • October 7, 1919 - May 1, 2017
  • Peoria, Illinois

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Rudolph R Siira (Rudy), 97 of Peoria passed away at 8:16am Monday, May 1, 2017 at OSF St Francis Medical Center.

He was born October 7, 1919 in Urness Township, Douglas County, Minnesota to Iver and Katie (Olson) Siira. He married Mary Anna Hank on December 24, 1952 in Princeton, Illinois. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Luann (Gary) Mehl of Morton, Illinois and Lori Britain of Peoria. One Son Jeffrey(Debbie) of Peoria, Illinois. Three granddaughters Michelle (Brad) Singer, Kristina Britain (Tyler Welch) and Maija Siira. Two great grandchildren Britney and Carson Singer and another great grandson on the way and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Edna Barsness and three brothers Eino, Wesley, and Oiva.

He was raised in a Finnish community in Minnesota where he farmed and did custom threshing with his brothers. He attended the University of Minnesota before his enlistment into the US Naval Service from 1942-1946. After his service he completed his degree from the University of Illinois. Upon graduation he was employed in bookkeeping at Byerly Music, accounting at Caterpillar Tractor Company and as a business manager and controller at Travis Cadillac-Pontiac; lastly at Rossetter Ford and Rossetter subsidiaries. He retired from the University Ford in 1986. He was an insurance and real estate broker and volunteered for AARP Federal Income taxes after his retirement and also participated in farming, gardening, and enjoyed researching his family genealogy

He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, DAV, and a member of the Marshall-Putnam County Farm Bureau.

Funeral arrangements will be made by Davison Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home, 2408 West Willow Knolls Dr. Peoria Illinois.

Arrangements under the direction of Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home, Peoria, IL.

A visitation will be held on Monday May 8th from 10-12pm

A graveside service will follow the visitation at Henry Cemetery in Henry IL.