Rudolph “Rudy” Kuznia, age 79, of Zimmerman died unexpectedly at home February 13, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 19th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Isanti with a visitation 1 ½ hours prior to the funeral at the church, with a Rosary starting at 9:30 AM. Interment will be in St. Pius X Catholic Cemetery in Zimmerman.
Rudolph “Rudy” Zygmont Kuznia was the tenth of eleven children. He attended a one room school in Florian, worked on the family farm and played baseball. Rudy attended Stephen High School where he played football, baseball, and track.
Rudy attended the University of North Dakota on a football scholarship and joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He played offensive and defensive lineman on the team that won the 1958 North Central Conference Championship. Rudy graduated in 1962 with a B.S. in electrical engineering, moving to Seattle, WA to design transistors to function in radiation environments for Boeing.
Rudy married Anita Bouton on January 4th, 1964. In June, they moved to Huntsville, where Rudy worked on the Apollo project that took our first astronauts to the moon. On December 10th, 1964 their son Charles was born. While in Alabama, Rudy joined marches in the Civil Rights movement.
In 1967, the family moved to Minnesota where Rudy worked for Honeywell. Rudy and Anita had a daughter, Amy, on March 24th, 1971. Two years later, Rudy purchased a farm and continued to work at Honeywell until retiring in 1995. Rudy loved to spend time with his many friends and relatives and was a member of the Florian Fruit Growers Club. Rudy was kind, loving and dependable. He was a sports enthusiast, loved to cook, and took interest in bird watching.
Rudy is survived by wife, Anita; son, Charlie (Brenda) Kuznia; daughter, Amy (Robert) Rouse; sister, Irene Kiesow; brother, Clarence (Pauline) Kuznia; grandchildren, Magdalene, Thomas, Henry, Phoebe, Audrey and Rudy; and many other relatives and friends.