Obituary for Rudolf Ettlin

Rudy Ettlin, age 83 of Webster, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon, December 17, 2017, at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. Rudolf Isidor Ettlin was born July 24, 1934, in Kerns, Switzerland, to Nicklaus and Theresa (Strang) Ettlin. After graduating from high school, he served in the Swiss Army and in 1954 became an apprentice to a chef. He followed his cooking career to London and Bermuda before making his way to the U.S. in 1961. He was a chef in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and moved to Minnesota to work at the North Star Inn in Minneapolis. He became chef […]

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Rudy Ettlin, age 83 of Webster, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon, December 17, 2017, at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville.

Rudolf Isidor Ettlin was born July 24, 1934, in Kerns, Switzerland, to Nicklaus and Theresa (Strang) Ettlin. After graduating from high school, he served in the Swiss Army and in 1954 became an apprentice to a chef. He followed his cooking career to London and Bermuda before making his way to the U.S. in 1961. He was a chef in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and moved to Minnesota to work at the North Star Inn in Minneapolis. He became chef at the now-closed Dykeman Hotel, where an unknown named Liberace was once the piano player. Rudy became executive chef at the Ambassador Hotel, where he met a pretty and vivacious young waitress named Ann Lentsch. Rudy and Ann were married on September 24, 1966, in Loretto, Minnesota, and after marriage made their home in the Twin Cities.

In 1972, Ann and Rudy purchased the Ranchero Supper Club in Webster. The family lived in the five-bedroom apartment above the Ranchero for 38 years. Rudy would open the restaurant at 7 a.m. for the regulars at breakfast and coffee, then work through the dinner hour. He enjoyed bringing live music to the club. He and Ann traveled to Switzerland as often as they could to visit family and friends. They bought their home on “Lake Rudy” in rural Webster in 2000 and retired in 2012, selling the Ranchero to their daughter and son-in-law. Rudy enjoyed gardening – especially flowers in the Swiss tradition, and spending time with family and friends. Rudy was a longtime member of the Lions Club.

Survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann; their children, Heidi (Todd) Elwood of Webster, Rudy (Diane) Ettlin of Ellendale, Ulrich (Christina) Ettlin of New Prague; six grandchildren, Darryl, Kirsten, Sean (fiancee Jacqueline), Aidan, Ella, and Daisy; his sister, Rosemarie of Bettwiesen, TG, Switzerland; his brother, Hans (Hedi) of Kerns, Obwalden, Switzerland; many beloved nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Otto.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00AM, Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Church of the Annunciation in Hazelwood. Interment will be in Annunciation Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers will be Darryl Elwood, Sean Elwood, Aidan Ettlin, Greg Kadrlik, Dale Furrer and Charles Grogan. Visitation will be 4-7PM Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home, Northfield.

Memorials are preferred to the National Parkinson Foundation.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

January 4, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Annunciation Catholic Church - Hazelwood
4996 Hazelwood Ave Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

January 3, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 7:00PM

Benson & Langehough Funeral Home
201 East 4th Street Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Burial

Burial: January 4, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Annunciation Church Cemetery
4996 Hazelwood Ave Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

16 Comments

  1. Jeff & Christy Goss

    Love the restaurant you and your family built. You will be missed!

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  2. Kathy Flicek

    I am so saddened by the news! I so enjoyed working with Rudy many years ago. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I pray he is resting in the presence of our Lord!

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  3. Pat Moran

    Sorry to hear the news about Rudy, he was a great Chef and a friend of mine.

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  4. Cindy Detjen

    So sorry to hear about Rudy! What a wonderful man and chef! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family during this difficult time!

    Love Gary and Cindy Detjen

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  5. Sue Odette

    To Ann & Family: Our “hearts” are broken! Of all these years knowing Rudy & Annie and all the times we’ve been at Ranchero and shared so many chats, good times, hospitality and of course awesome food! May Rudy rest “in peace”!! He will never be forgotten!!! Sue & Randy Odette

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  6. Patty and Brian Patterson

    With sympathy, I write how saddened to hear of Rudy’s passing. He was a great inspiring mentor to me. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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  7. Jack Bretzke

    Ann, Heidi, Rudy Jr.,& Ulrich and their families. I was so saddened by the news. Rudy was a great chef, mentor, and a good friend. He will missed and know he’s at peace.

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  8. Ed volk

    Loved the Ranchero. My wife and I starting going to Ranchero in 1972. Got to know Ann and Rudy very well when they were generously support of Spielmannszug Minnesota.
    Rudy will be missed by everyone, and family members. Very fun person and always humorous.
    My prayers and condolences for family members.
    We moved to Denver 4 years ago and have missed everyone at Ettlins.
    Take care Ed Volk

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  9. Dave Dornacker/Jody Spencer

    Ann and Family:
    Our sincere sympathy. Rudy became a buddy over the 34 years we have been coming to the Ranchero. We are going to miss him, but his Legacy will continue on. We will always remember him selling us his raffle tickets to support the community funding. That usually included a cocktail to complete the transaction. We have you in our hearts and prayers and will be thinking of you all when you say goodbye in January. We’ll be in Texas, so give him our best as he begins a new journey. Dave and Jody.

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  10. Rob Block

    Uncle Rudy, a true man of class. I have a few stories and they are meaningful. I will miss the laughs when seeing him. The good lord will appreciate his demeanor.

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  11. Corey Hanson

    Sad to hear about Rudy passing. He and Ann gave me my first job and I always appreciated that. What I remember most about Him is that he would go out his way to get a piece of apple pie that he would bake because he knew I loved it. Best pie I ever had (sorry Mom!).

    May he rest in peace.

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  12. Carla Bartusek

    Ulrich, Christina, Ella, Aiden and the rest of the Ettlin family,
    Saddened by this sad news at this time of year. My heart and prayers go out to all of you at this sorrowful time. Rejoice in the thought that Rudy is kicking it up in heaven with all his family and friends who went before him. You will see him again one day.
    God Bless you all.
    Carla Wolfe-Bartusek

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  13. Nordis Estrem

    Such sad news to hear!

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  14. Daron DuLac

    Another loving chef has been called home. Our deepest sympathy to the Ettlin family. We share your sorrow and are praying for you. May your memories of Rudy bring you comfort during this difficult time.

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  15. Linda Bjornson

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family during this difficult time.

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  16. Doreen Hanson Lake

    Sorry for your loss. Prayer to all of you during this difficult time.

    Reply

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