Norman Ruud, 85, of Pelican RapidsPublished 10:03am Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Updated 12:06pm Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Norman Alfred Ruud was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Pelican Rapids, the son of Oscar and Alma (Orpen) Ruud. He was baptized and confirmed at Pelican Valley Lutheran Church.
From 1950-1952, he served in the Armed Forces.
On June 12, 1965, Norman married Josephine Bartow in Fargo.
He did mechanic work for 30 years, including Norm’s Repair in Pelican Rapids. He also lived and worked in Denver, Colo., Fond du Lac, Wis., and Laramie, Wyo.
He owned a coin shop in Laramie and later began a hobby of buying and selling coins.
In l986, Norman and Jo retired to a hobby farm on Lake Crystal in Pelican Rapids, locating near the farm where he grew up.
He especially enjoyed fishing and hunting. He took pride in his expansive lawn and his vegetable garden and orchard.
Norman was interested in local history and had a collection of early photos as well as many stories. Years ago,” he’d say, then describe a situation or place.
Norman is survived by his wife, Josephine, Pelican Rapids; stepson, Jerry (Jane) Bartow, Tucson, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Doug (Cara) Bartow, Chicago, Ill., and Amanda (Chris) Storm, Lawrence, Kansas; and her two children, Lydia and Elliott; sisters, Alice Nelson and Agnes Borg, both of Pelican Rapids; a sister-in-law, Lyla Ruud, Fremont, Neb.; a nephew, Karl (Deb) Ruud, Lindsborg, Kansas; nieces, Karen Shuler, Omaha, Neb., and Kris (Dave) Cameron, Bozeman, Mont., and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kenneth; and his niece, Kathryn Nelson.
Visitation: Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., with a prayer servic at 6 p.m., at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids
Clergy: Rev. Laurie Skow-Anderson
Burial: Pelican Valley Cemetery, Pelican Rapids, with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 5252 and American Legion Post 17, Pelican Rapids
Funeral Home: Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids