Andrew Rhiger, 1931-2015

Published 9:00 am Sunday, July 12, 2015

Funeral services for Andy Rhiger, 83, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion and VFW.  Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Andrew Rhiger

Andrew Rhiger

Andy passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.

Andrew Roger Rhiger was born Oct. 31, 1931, in Hayward, the son of Holbeck and Brita (Midlang) Rhiger. He attended Albert Lea High School and during his senior year, Andy enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his discharge he returned to Albert Lea, where he worked for RELCO and then Wilson & Co., where he was a cooker and smoker.

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Andy was united in marriage to Inge Bellof Jan. 2, 1954, in Giessen, Germany. Andy enjoyed fishing, traveling, bowling and making Lefse — he was known as the Lefse King. Andy was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Eagles and Sons of Norway, where he served as president, the president of the 1st District of Southern MN and president of the Degree of Honor.

Andy is survived by his wife, Inge, of Albert Lea; children Allen (Pamela) Rhiger of Mapleton, Gordon (Paula) Rhiger of Rexburg, Idaho, Scott (Anna) Rhiger of San Antonio, Texas, and Pamela K. Rhiger of Mankato;  grandchildren Steven (Tiffany) Rhiger, Brandon (Dustee) Rhiger, Liz (Scott) Doherty and Zachary Rhiger; six great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and four brothers.

Andy’s family is very thankful and appreciative of the loving care that was given to their husband, father and grandfather by the staff of Good Samaritan.