Rux, Allen Lee (1949-2001)

Allen Rux, 51, died Saturday, May 5, 2001 at Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls with Rev. John Wollenzien and Rev. Tim Bauer officiating. Ida Nordvall will be the organist, and Greg Dally will be the soloist. Casketbearers will be Wade Jorde, Craig Olson, T.J. Rux, Paul Hejlik, Troy Larson and Emery Wicklander. Honorary casketbearers will be Al’s co-workers at the Thief River Falls Post Office and members of Trinity Lutheran Church Council. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery in Holt.

Visitation was held Tuesday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to services. Green Funeral Home of Thief River Falls is in charge of the arrangements.

Allen Lee Rux was born on August 9, 1949 in Thief River Falls, the son of Gail and Lillian (Johnson) Rux. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. He attended Northrup and Washington Elementary Schools and Lincoln High School, graduating in 1967. Following high school, he attended Northland Community College for two years and then Moorhead State College for two years, graduating in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in elementary education.

Al worked in the service parts department at Arctic Cat for several years before beginning employment with the U.S. Post Office in Thief River Falls on December 13, 1980. He first worked nights and eventually worked at the front counter where he enjoyed visiting with his many customers.

Al was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served on the council and taught Sunday school. He was a member of the Eagles, Elks and United Postal Workers, serving as state union representative and local union president. He was also a past president of the Thief River Falls Jaycees.

Al was nominated for the National Newspaper Association’s Benjamin Franklin Community Newspaper and Postal Partnership Award of Excellence and wrote several articles regarding legislative issues for the United Postal Workers newspaper.

He enjoyed listening to music, reading and spending time on his computer, and especially, working crossword puzzles at The Club on Saturday mornings with his friends.

Al is survived by his parents, Gail and Lillian Rux of Thief River Falls; a brother, Gary (Shirley) of Thief River Falls; a niece; a nephew; a great nephew; a great nieces; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charlie and Minnie Johnson and W.E. and Inga Rux; five uncles; and three cousins.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky