ANSBACH, Germany (June 24, 2013) -- Rudolf "Rudi" Leykauf ended his service to the United States in a retirement ceremony June 21 at the Storck Barracks' Longbow Lounge.

Leykauf, a German citizen, began his career serving the U.S. as a butcher in the commissary at Storck Barracks in 1967. He ended it 46 years later as the housing manager for Storck Barracks.

As the Storck Barracks Housing Manager, Leykauf helped design the Army's finest and most economically and environmentally friendly housing in Europe and developed more than $34 million in projects that are scheduled to be completed in 2014.

The USAG Ansbach commander, Col. Kelly J. Lawler, and command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford C Cain, presented Leykauf the Superior Civilian Service Award and certificates of retirement and service signed by the Europe Region Director, Kathleen Marin.

Leykauf was also bestowed extra surprises as his daughter Stephanie Laderer, grandson Finley, and close friends retired Brig. Gen. William Wolf and wife Sandy flew in from the United States to attend his ceremony without his knowledge.