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David Allen Rydahl, age 72, of Sidney, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 26, 2011 at Spectrum Health-United Hospital in Greenville after a brief illness. The son of Martin & Lela (Martin) Rydahl, he was born on Feb. 3, 1939 in Sidney.

On Aug. 28, 1959, in Sidney, he married the former Carol Lee Kosten. At a young age David began farming, then worked at the former Gibson Refrigerator Company, Kalfacts Plastics, and retired from GRC in Rockford. He will be remembered for his ability to fix just about anything, his love of tractors and gardening, and his willingness to help others.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy Kosten; his parents-in-law, Herman & Cornelia Kosten; three sisters-in-law, Norma LaSarge, Ruetta Kosten, and May Kosten; and eight brothers-in-law, Herman Kosten, Robert Kosten, Gerald Kosten, David Kosten, Al Clemens, Harlow Evans, Cecil Jeffrey, and Howard Taylor.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Carol Rydahl of Sidney; their children, Daniel Rydahl of Greenville, Pam Hutson & Al Wright of Stanton, and Cherie & Kim Dingman of Sidney; a sister, Margaret Kosten of Greenville; nine grandchildren, Abigail & Jason Shepard, Anna & Matt Hoover, Zach Rydahl, Kim Basney, Krista & Jim Larsen, Bobby & Monica Sowles, Jamie & Brandon Stowell, Tyler Dingman, and Derek Dingman; fourteen great grandchildren; siblings-in-law, Ellen Clemens, Donna Jeffery, Mary & Wayne Adams, Kenneth & Peggy Kosten, and Leona Kosten; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Kenneth Harger, retired pastor of Shiloh Community Church, will officiate and burial will follow at Sidney Township Cemetery. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

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  1. Anonymous on April 26, 2011 at 12:00 am


    05/04/2011 –

    Priscilla Rydahl Key

    You do not really know me but I am a Rydahl, my father being Henry Rydahl of Sheridan, Michigan and my grandfather was Chamello Rydahl of Sheridan, Michigan also. I heard my father speak of a Martin Rydahl often and I assume that was his first cousin.
    My condolences to David’s family on his passing.

    04/30/2011 –


    Cherie, I was very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I am sure he will be missed dearly ! Hugs and prayers to your entire family. Always remember all the good times you had with him as they will be your best medicine for healing.

    04/27/2011 –

    Linda Sawyer

    Cherie, Kim and family – We are never really ready to say Good-Bye, but within our hearts the ones we love are never really gone – their spirit and memories will live on forever. So sorry for your loss. Linda Sawyer

    04/27/2011 –

    Becky Sowles

    I am so very sorry for your loss, sending prayers for comfort your way.

    04/27/2011 –


    Dan- We were sorry to hear about your dad passing away. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Marcus, Carolyn and Taylor Hansen

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