Ruud, Roy Ernest (1917-2002)

Roy Ruud, 83, died Monday, January 14, 2002 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Red Lake Falls.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, at United Lutheran Church in Gatzke with Rev. Sandra Hollands officiating. Gloria Sistad was the organist, and Lois Anderson and Lois Peterson were the vocalists. Casketbearers were Darrell Severts, Jerome Lund, Donavon Ruud, DelRay Ruud, Dwight Ruud and Harvey Mugaas. Interment was in Landstad Cemetery near Gatzke. Green Funeral Home of Thief River Falls was in charge of the arrangements.

Roy Ernest Ruud was born on January 23, 1917 in Gatzke, the son of Mennik and Constance (Johnson) Ruud. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Gatzke and attended a Gatzke school.

When he was 15 years old, Roy worked at Melgard Farms near Warren. He also worked at his uncle’s plumbing shop in Montana and for Johnson Well Screens in St. Paul. He was also employed in road construction for Lansydel Construction in Moorhead and then at Polaris Industries in Roseau and Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge until his retirement. Following retirement, Roy was caretaker of Gunderson Apartments in Thief River Falls.

In 1980, he was united in marriage in Gatzke to Shirley Efteland of Thief River Falls.

Roy was a member of the Heritage Center and United Lutheran Church of Gatzke.

He enjoyed hunting, telling hunting stories, helping and spending time with people, and staying busy.

Roy is survived by two stepsons, Jon Efteland of Tennessee and Jeff Efteland of Minneapolis; a stepdaughter, Victoria (Robert) Guillemette of Red Lake Falls; four step-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; a brother, Mylan (Lila) Ruud of Gatzke; a sister, Eunice (Joe) Novak of Thief River Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ester Mugaas, Lyleen Mugaas and Florence Lund; three nieces and a nephew.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky