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Paul "Rudy" Ruud

Paul D. Ruud "Rudy", 53, of Northwood, North Dakota died Tuesday, April 7, 2009 surrounded by family at the Deaconess Health Center in Northwood after a courageous battle with melanoma cancer.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Ebenezer Free Lutheran Church in Northwood with burial in North Cemetery rural, Northwood.

Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm with a 6:00 pm Prayer Service and one hour prior to services.

Paul D. Ruud was born July 26, 1955 in Northwood, North Dakota the son of Don and
Phyllis (Gravdahl) Ruud. He was raised there and attended school in Northwood where he was active in music and sports. In 1973 he graduated from Northwood High School and then attended the University of North Dakota where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He then worked for Matador Service in western North Dakota for several years in the oil fields. In December of 1984 he went to work for Krabbenhoft Chevrolet in Northwood where he won numerous awards for vehicle sales. He also farmed with his father until he began farming on his own in 1991.

He was a member of Ebenezer Free Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed, the Northwood Fire Department, the Men's Club and also played softball for many years. He married Jan Hanson on September 6, 1986 in Northwood.
Paul was an avid collector and loved University of North Dakota Sioux sports, especially Hockey. He had a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed by all of his many friends.

He is survived by his parents, Don and Phyllis Ruud, of Northwood, brother, Mitchell (Sharon) Ruud of Fargo, sisters, Ginger (Mike) Voglewede of Northwood and Dee Dee (Cary) Stephenson of Pelican Rapids, MN; nieces, Jenna (Joe) Zavoral of East Grand Forks, Taylor Hanson of Grand Forks, Jessica (Ben) Krause of Plymouth, MN, Kristen Ruud of Minneapolis, MN, Anna and Tori Stephenson of Pelican Rapids. and Jessica Volgewede of Plainwell, MI and great nephew William Zavoral.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mabel and Gotfred Ruud and Kathryne Gravdahl.

Memorials may be directed to the Northwood Deaconess Health Center, P.O. Box 190, Northwood, North Dakota 58267 or Hospice of the Red River Valley, 3001 A 32nd Ave S., Suite 1A, Grand Forks North Dakota, 58201

The Bilden Funeral Home of Northwood is assisting the family with arrangements.

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My deepest sympathy to the ruud family. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Paul's passing. I found out via the Fall 2009 UND Alumni Review. I got to know Paul through the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Paul was a kind, humorous and fun person to be around. I remember I was short of cash one day and complained out loud... Paul walked over to me and wrote me a check for $1 million dollars and told not spend it all one place. Great guy! Again my sympathies to the all the ruud family. God Bless!

Mike Hinderlie Aug 11 2009 12:00 AM

My condolences to you all. I am so glad I was able to make 2 trips back to Northwood about 2 years ago. I was able to see Paul again after a very long time. We talked about the huge Muskies and Northerns that are often caught up there. In my mind I can still see the huge fish mount he had in his office at Krabbenhoft's auto dealership. It looked ferocious! I am saddened to hear about Paul's passing. I had hoped that we would get to catch some of those big fish together someday. I have been thinking of you all a lot lately, and when I do finally catch a huge Musky or Pike I will be thinking of my cousin. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Alan Gotfred Ruud

Alan Gotfred Ruud Apr 21 2009 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to Uncle Don,Aunt Phyliss, Ginger, DeeDee,Mitchell & families.

Chris Ruud Apr 15 2009 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for the loss of Rudy. We worked with him at the rehab and admired his courage and intensity. We especially enjoyed his sense of humor. He was always willing and positive with his rehab and was an inspiration to the other patients also. God Bless you and your family. Pat Carter PT Tamara Ternes PT Amy Lommen PT Janelle Darling student PT Katie Malott PT and all other inpatient PT rehab staff

Pat Carter Apr 15 2009 12:00 AM

I remember playing with Paul and Ginger out on the farm and spending the night,and picking wild berries. We left ND when I was 7 so I did'nt really get to Know him as an Adult,but it looks and sounds like he grew up to be a fine young man,my deepest sympathy to you Uncle Donny,Aunt Phyliss,Ginger,DeeDee and Mitchell Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all your families. Love and God Bless,Lori,Mark,Mel,Val

Lori Ann Ruud Wolff Apr 15 2009 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Ruud family. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Paul's passing. I met Paul at Boy's State in 1975 when we were both councilors. Paul was instrumental in my joining Sigma Chi at UND later that year. In fact, Paul was my big brother' during my time as a pledge. We lost track of each other over the years but I would hear about Paul once in a while from old college friends and I always meant to get reacquainted. I feel very sad that we never did but I do cherish many great memories of Paul during our college years and all the kindnesses and good humor he sent my way. Again, my deepest sympathy to all of Paul's friends and family.

Mark Pancratz Apr 12 2009 12:00 AM

Rudy was a true friend and will be greatly missed. We had some memorable times at the Sigma Chi house and UND. My thoughts and prayer are with Paul's family at this time.

Steve Eccles Apr 12 2009 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Ruud Family. When visiting Northwood, I always looked forward to seeing Paul and sharing good stories and laughter. He had a great sense of humor and was a very fun, loving person. Garry

Garry Johnson Apr 11 2009 12:00 AM

Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. Rudy will be greatly missed by many who came to know him.

Steve and Sandy Smallbeck Apr 11 2009 12:00 AM

Rudy..I am going to miss you very much...thank you for being a very true friend...you were always the best... God bless you Rudy...

Mike Kvarnlov Apr 11 2009 12:00 AM

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