Robert Rud

robert rud

Robert passed away on Friday, September 30, 2011 at Sanford Health Palliative Care Unit in Fargo surrounded by his loving family.

Robert was born on June 16, 1929 in Minot, ND. He grew up in Minot and attended school during his early years. He graduated from High School in Laport, MN. Robert proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War in the 7th Infantry Division from 1951 until 1953. Upon his discharge he returned to North Dakota. Robert was united in marriage to Helen Theis in February of 1955. They made their home in Fargo where he worked for the Fargo Police Department for 30 years.

Robert loved spending time with his family, especially his very special grandchildren. He also enjoyed days at the lake fishing, time working on the Theis family farm, and visiting with friends at the Teamsters.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Helen; his children, Martin (Lynn) Rud of Fargo; Thomas Rud of Fargo; Mary (Dave) Hjalmquist of Moorhead, MN; and Diane (Craig) Peck of Fargo; his brother, Chester (Joyce) Kordahl of Sikeston, MO; four grandchildren - Mariah and Shannon Rud; and Tara and Tyler Hjalmquist; and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys.

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  1. Fargo ND
    Sorry to hear of your lost I pray that God will help you all though this and know now Bob is back with the Father

  2. so sorry to hear of your loss of a great man. wish we could be there for his service .our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Minnetonka MN
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God surround you in his loving arms.

  4. Mound MN
    I too remember Bob’s laugh, his smile and always making us feel at ease. As my mother’s “un-official” big brother, I’m sure some of his influences were passed on to me and my brother as we were raised. My family will miss seeing you on those occasions when we come to town.

  5. Pelican Rapids MN
    Rud Family,

    I too will miss Uncle Bob and his ability to always have a story to share! He will be missed and we are thinking and praying for your family!

    Steve & Sherri

  6. Dear Rud Family,
    Treasure your memories of your father, husband, and grandfather.

    I fondly remember his great chortle of a laugh….he could have played Santa! We Benzes recall with fondness times spent with Grandma Honey, the Ruds, the Cusicks, and the Gardners.

    Much love. Your cousin,
    Mary E. Benz

  7. Glendale AZ
    Helen, Tom and family,
    We would like to express our deepest sympathy in Bob’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time in your lives and we know that your faith in the Lord will guide you and sustain you in the months and years ahead.
    Your family was always so kind to us and it was truly a privilege to be your next door neighbor for the twenty two years I lived in Fargo.
    I have always been thankful for all of the things Bob did for us, especially after my dad passed away in 1967. We were honored to have Bob as a casket bearer at my dad’s funeral service. Bob did repairs around our house, fixed our vehicles and equipment, did the snow blowing on our corner lot as well as taught me basic auto maintenance and repair. I even remember Bob replacing a cable on my motorcycle when I was sixteen years old.
    Your family’s kindness did not end there. I remember the numerous times Helen invited me over for supper when my mother was in AZ
    or at the lake cabin in WI.
    Bob and your family made a difference in our family’s life, and for that I can’t thank you enough.


    Jerry and Kathy Sollom

  8. Minot N DDear Helen and Family, I always enjoyed knowing Bob and seeing him when I was at Aunt Marys We will all miss him a lot . My thoughts and prayers are with all of you Love Harriet

  9. Fargo ND
    My “Uncle” Bob! He was my mother’s cousin, but she always considered him the brother she never had. He knew fishing, racing and Fords, and could talk for hours on each subject! Spent many a Christmas at the Rud house back when we were kids, and enjoyed visiting them at the lakes! Yahtzee! And cards. 🙂 The entire Cusick family sends out our thoughts to the entire Rud family!

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