Obituary: Rudolf (Rudy) Kynast
Rudolf (Rudy) Kynast, age 89, of Prescott, Arizona, lost his courageous battle with both Alzheimer’s and Cancer on March 24, 2019. A celebration of life is being planned for May 18, 2019 (11 a.m.), at the Skull Valley Bible Church, in Skull Valley, Arizona.
Rudy is survived by his wife, Brigitte Kynast of Skull Valley, Arizona; three daughters, Kim Cummings (Danny) of Longville, Minnesota, Brigitte Plietgen (Thomas) of Skull Valley, Arizona, and Gina Kynast-Hess (Barry) of Glendale, Arizona; four grandchildren, William Pleitgen of Skull Valley and Lauren, Kristen and Jordan Fosen of Austin, Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Tennyson and Sunshine Spaeth of Austin. He is also survived by his brother Lutz and sister Uta.
He is preceded in death by his mother Irmgard and father Wolfgang, his brother Klaus, and two sweet granddaughters, Brittanne and Katherine Plietgen.
Rudy was born in Berlin, Germany, the oldest son of Irmgard and Wolfgang Kynast, and grew up during World War II. In Germany Rudy met the love of his life, Brigitte Resech and they were married in 1953. In 1956 they came to the United States and in 1961 he became a U.S. citizen. Having left war-torn Europe, he truly enjoyed being an American, and had very strong political opinions. Throughout his life he relished a good political debate or discussion.
From 1964 To 1984 Rudy and his family made West Chicago, Illinois, their home. They owned and operated Kynast Continental Design, a Beauty shop, Boutique, and Art Gallery in Wheaton, Illinois. He was a member of the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce and the Congregational Church in West Chicago.
In 1984 Rudolf moved the family to Prescott, Arizona. In Prescott, he continued to work on a variety of projects. He loved working with his hands and helping others. He helped build and remodel many homes, loved landscaping, poured and constructed many concrete and flagstone patios, planted innumerable trees, and enjoyed building south western furniture. He also helped Brigitte open and operate several beauty shops. Rudolf was involved with the Yavapai Civil Air Patrol and the Prescott Lions Club.
He will be remembered by many for his steely handshake, warm smile, generosity of spirit, and sense of humor. He will forever be missed, loved, and in our thoughts.
The family would like to thank the incredible staff of Pine View, and Kindred Hospice in Prescott for their wonderful care, kindness, and professionalism when taking care of Rudy and the family in his final days.
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