Ruud, Mylan Herbert (1928-2004)

Mylan Ruud, 75, died Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 1, at United Lutheran Church in Gatzke, with Rev. James Field officiating. Casket bearers included Mylan’s grandchildren. Honorary casket bearers included Ray McMillin, Harry Scramstad, Harold Brandon, Jerome Lund, Darrell Severts, Joe Novak, Cheslie Ruud and Raymond Morrissey. Interment was held at Landstad Cemetery in Gatzke.

Mylan Herbert Ruud was born September 5, 1928 at home in Rollis Township of Marshall County, the son of Minnik and Constance (Johnson) Ruud. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. He grew up and attended Veldt Country School and Middle River High School.

On February 24, 1951, Mylan was united in marriage to Lila Brandt in Roseau. The couple made their home in Rollis Township and later moved to Veldt Township.

Mylan worked for Johnson Wellscreen in Minneapolis, Erie Mining in Hoyt Lakes and the Marshall County Highway Department for 27 years retiring in October 1991. He also farmed.

He was a member of United Lutheran Church in Gatzke and served on the Church Council. He served on Roseau Electric Board of Directors for 12 years and also served as Town Board Officer for Veldt Township.

Mylan loved playing guitar, keyboard and accordion and felt good accompanying others. He started guitar when he was nine years old and with his sister, Eunice, sang together at different occasions. He played for Rambling Fever band for years. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends. He was a simple man; very family oriented, and was lovingly known as Henry Ford for his love of Ford vehicles.

Survivors include his wife Lila, of Gatzke; five children, Diane (Bruce) Lunsetter of Gatzke, Donovan (special friend, JoAnn Anderson) Ruud of Middle River, DelRay (Vickie) Ruud of Grygla, Denise (Blair) Holthusen of Grygla and Dwight (Debbie) Ruud of Roseau; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Eunice (Joe) Novak of Thief River Falls; one honorary child, Jayne Miller of Goodridge; one lifelong friend, Ray McMillian of Grygla, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Doreen; his parents; three sisters, Esther Mugaas, Lyleen Mugaas and Florence Lund; and a brother, Roy Ruud.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky