Fred Rude, 92, Kenmare, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in a Minot nursing home.
Fred was born on January 13, 1921, a son of Olaf and Emma (Bratlien) Rude on the farm near Lunds Valley, ND. He was raised and educated in Lunds Valley, graduating from Lunds Valley High School in 1939.
Fred began his working career at Beckerís Elevator in Des Lacs, ND until 1947, when he began his career with John Deere working as a mechanic and parts man.
On June 17, 1951, Fred was united in marriage to Edna Ege. The couple made their home in Kenmare, where they raised their three children. In addition to working at John Deere, Fred and Edna owned and operated the Kenmare Theatre for ten years. Fred retired from John Deere after 29 years of service in 1976. They also enjoyed traveling south for the winters. Edna died on November 7, 2007. Following her death, Fred continued to live in Kenmare at his home until January 1, 2013 when he entered Trinity hospital.
Fred was very charming, witty and always made a great first impression. He enjoyed woodworking, jigsaw puzzles and gardening. He was a member of the Nazareth Lutheran Church of Kenmare.
Fred is survived by:
Children: Leah Ann (Wally Jensen) Charnetzki, Kenmare, Gary (special friend Dianne Huff) Rude, Kenmare, and Sandy (Gary) Elton, Gillette, WY;
Grandchildren: Bobbi Jo Nelson, Brian (Briana) Charnetzki, and Jen (Cody) Olsson;
Great-grandchildren: Michael and Chelsea Nelson; Maddie Olsson
Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, wife Edna, his four siblings and a beloved dog Snowy.
Visitation: Monday, February 18, 2013 from 3-7 at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare
Funeral Service: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 11am at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Kenmare, ND
Burial: Will take place at a later date in the spring of 2013 at Lakeview Cemetery, Kenmare, ND