Rory Dean Autenreith

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 13, at the Brown Funeral Home Chapel in Jefferson for Rory Dean Autenreith, 64, Jefferson native and resident.

The Rev. David Simonson of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson officiated. The Rev. Mr. Simonson had been Rory’s legal guardian for the past few months. Larry Dowd was soloist, with Mark Erickson as organist. Honorary casket bearers were John Powell and the late Alan Shirley.

Casket bearers were Steve and Dave Haupert, Randy and Keith Riley, and Bill and Marlene Radebaugh. Interment was in Rippey Cemetery.

A prayer service was held Tuesday evening at Brown Funeral Home.

Rory’s grandmother, Lois Autenreith, had provided funds to build the Salvation Army’s building in Creston and Rory took great interest in the Salvation Army. It is requested that memorials be made to the Salvation Army.

Rory D. Autenreith, the son of Herbert Dean and Alta Vivian (Radebaugh) Autenreith, was born Oct. 23, 1942, at Jefferson, and departed this life June 10, 2007, at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.

Rory’s father entered the service during World War Two when Rory was two months old and was killed when his plane went down over the ocean following his discharge at the end of the war.

Rory was raised in Jefferson and attended and graduated from Jefferson High School with the class of 1961. He then attended a business college in Sioux City.

Following his schooling, Rory worked in food service at Drake University in Des Moines for many years. He lived in Des Moines until 2003, when due to a health condition, he moved back to Jefferson and made his home with his aunt, Velma Radebaugh. During the past few months of his life, Rory’s health required additional health care and he had been a resident of Bayard Care Center and Panora Nursing & Rehab Center.

Rory was baptized in First Baptist Church of Jefferson and later attended First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Rory enjoyed his computer and music, loved to read, and enjoyed watching the neighborhood children at play. He also took a great interest in newspapers.

Survivors include his aunt, Velma Radebaugh of Jefferson, and several second cousins. Those who preceded him in death were his parents.