Paul Rud

Dr. Paul D. Rud,82, Luverne, died peacefully under hospice care on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, at his home.

A memorial service was Monday, Aug. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial with full military honors followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

Paul Rudwas born on March 28, 1936, to the Rev. Oscar and Melva (Rindahl) Rud in Fairdale, North Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Paul attended school at Augustana Academy in Canton, South Dakota, graduating in 1954. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany where he served as a Private First Class. During this time he also played for the Army traveling baseball team. He received his honorable discharge in 1956.

Paul returned home and enrolled at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He married Janice Holmquist on June 3, 1958, in Sioux Falls. They lived in Sioux Falls while Paul finished his undergrad in pre-med at Augustana, graduating in 1959. They then moved to Vermillion, South Dakota, where Paul attended USD Medical School from 1959-1961. They lived in Madison, Wisconsin, while he finished his studies at the University of Wisconsin Medical School from 1961-1963. Paul’s medical internship took them back to Sioux Falls where he worked at Sioux Valley Hospital from 1963-1964. In 1964 Paul began his medical practice as a family physician at Luverne Medical Center in Luverne. It was at this time that they bought their home on North Cottage Grove where they raised their family.

In addition to his family medicine focus, Paul founded the cardiac care unit at the Luverne Hospital, taught cardiac classes at local hospitals, and was a mentor to many doctors and nurses throughout the years. He retired from his practice in 2000. 

Paul was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne where he had served as president. He also served as president of the USD Medical Alumni Association. He was a volunteer at the Rock County Historical Society where he spent many hours researching genealogy and military history. Paul loved to fish, both as a Professional Walleye Tour Member and recreational fishing. He enjoyed being up north with Jan at the family cabin on Sand Lake. He was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed following college basketball and the Minnesota Twins. He enjoyed morning coffee with the guys and playing bridge with friends and family. Paul especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and loved making lefse with the family on Christmas Eve.

Paul is survived by his wife, Janice, of Luverne; his children, Nathan (Sandy) Rud of Luverne, Sara Wells of Flourtown, Pennsylvania, and Gretchen Rud of Coon Rapids; seven grandchildren, Kayla Rud, Kristin Rud, Nikita Rud, Mara Wells, Jonah Wells, Sofia Schumann and Max Schumann; his sister Lois (Anthony) Rud-Rubino of Barnegat, New Jersey; sisters-in-law Phyllis (James) Gould of Sioux Falls, Joyce (Dick) Lee of Alpena, Michigan, and Eunice Rud of Rapid City, South Dakota; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings Lydia Russeth, James Rud and Harold Rud; his siblings-in-law Sylvia and Richard Bartling, Alice Rud and Palmer Russeth.

Memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church or the Rock County Historical Society.    

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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