Rud, Richard Dick

Richard "Dick" Dale Rud

October 10, 1939 - March 10, 2021

Richard Dale Rud “Dick” of Allen, Texas passed away on March 10, 2021 at the age of 81, from complications of Covid.  He was born on October 10, 1939 to Oscar Nickolie Rud and Josie Amanda (Ness) Rud in Salem Corners, Minnesota. Dick attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where he received his bachelor’s degree. He married Julaine Marilyn Senjem “Jill” on July 29, 1961 in Rock Dell, Minnesota at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church. They were looking forward to celebrating 60 years together this July.

Dick was a teacher and a football coach in Appleton, WI before joining the paper & packaging industry in the late 1960’s. Dick founded Rud & Pickarts Marketing Co., a manufacturers rep firm in Plano, Texas, in 1979. Over the years, Dick developed many friendships and valued relationships in the industry that he maintained through retirement. He retired in 2009 but enjoyed going to the office each day to keep current with what was happening in the business which now has the third generation of Ruds working there. He was an amazing Grandfather who truly enjoyed his relationships with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He also loved gardening, telling jokes and was a true people person that could make friends anywhere.

Dick is survived by his wife, Jill Rud of Allen, Texas; sons, Eric Rud and wife, Jenell of Allen, Texas and Bart Rud and wife, Jennifer of San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Kristen Mills and husband, Scott of Murphy, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Dustin Rud and wife, Jennifer of Allen, Texas, Nick Rud and wife, Kelli of Allen, Texas, Thomas Rud and wife, Kara of Princeton, Texas, Erica Seward of San Antonio, Texas, Emma Rud of Allen, Texas, Emily Rud of San Antonio, Texas, Erica Rud of San Antonio, Texas, Matthew Mills of Nevada, Texas, Lexi Clark and husband, Matt of Fate, Texas, and Andrew Mills of Murphy, Texas; and also 5 great-grandchildren, Reese, Jarrett, Charli, Asher and Colt.  He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Josie Rud; 4 brothers, Ellsworth Rud, Aden Rud, Joel Rud and Herb Rud and his sister, Florence Huggins.

A memorial service will be held  at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children:

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Dick's picture portrays him to a T! Always enjoyable to visit plus do business with Dick and Eric. While times have changed for all of us, I shall treasure the past memories of Dick Rud.
John Mitro, April 18, 2021 Lost another 'BEST' friend. UFDA! Harry Bauge, April 2, 2021 We wanted to extend our deepest sympathy to the Rud family. We are sending lots of love and prayers your way. We love you all, Sean and Kristy Wright Kristy Wright, March 22, 2021 Dear Jill and family. I was so sorry to read of Dick's passing in the Rochester Post Bulletin. I knew you from working at the Mayo Clinic and Dick from high school You were the perfect couple and had such a beautiful wedding. Sending sympathy as you and your family manage this new and different part of your life. Sharon Peterson Oliver Sharon Peterson Oliver, March 22, 2021 Jill, Eric, Kris, Bart and all the Rud family, words can not express the depth of sadness I have for all of you as I heard the news about Dick. His smile, laughter and story telling will always be what I remember about him. He loved his family fiercely. I worked for Dick, then Eric for a number of years, yet I never really felt like an employee. Dick, Jill and the family made me feel like I was apart of their family. I know this was not special for just me. I have a feeling all of those who worked with Dick felt that way as well. He was loyal - that's just who he was and how he raised his kids. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to know Dick. He was a good man.
Dorinda (DJ) Myatt, March 21, 2021 Our sympathy to all who loved and cared for Dick. Jill, keep all the good memories alive. Sanfra Westin Redalen Sanfra Redalen, March 21, 2021 Dear Jill, I was so sorry to hear about Dick's passing. It sounds like you had many wonderful years together filled with much love. Mike will be gone three years ago tomorrow. We almost made it 50 years, Sorry we lost touch with our Christmas greetings. Blessings to you and all your family. Peace and Love, Kathy Lee Mader Kathy Lee Mader, March 21, 2021 A great friend convinced me to go to Luther college. RIP Clay Albertson, March 20, 2021 Our sincere sympathy to you Jill and your family. We were saddened and shocked to see that Dick had passed in the Post Bulletin. We had gotten email from him earlier this year saying your computer had crashed and lost many of your contacts. Enjoyed him sharing about your family and he going to work a couple of hours each day. I did send you an email too. at your home . Would like if possible your home address, we have one but don't know if it is current. You and Dick were on our minds often even though we didn't see each other often, lots of fun memories of our earlier years spent together. He will be missed tremendously, Blessed be his memory Love Roger and Jan Roger and Jan Schley, March 20, 2021 What a pleasure to have had the chance to work with Dick over the past 20 years. He always had kind words and always always a joke for me when I would come in the office. He certainly raised some great kids and he will be missed by us all!!! Jill, and family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Connie Falco, March 15, 2021 My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed. Denise Rud, March 14, 2021 The entire Hudson family send our thoughts, prayers, and best wishes to Jill and the children. I met Dick 30 years ago when I moved to Texas. I left to return North 23 years ago but I never lost contact with Dick. Both personally and professionally he was one in a million. You will never find a finer, more honorable man than Dick Rud. His passing is a huge loss to his family and also a huge loss to lots of people. My heart is saddened and I miss him already. May God bless and keep Jill and the family Sincerely, Larry Hudson, March 14, 2021 It's been many years since I've seen Dick, but he was the type of person you always remember. We were good friends back in Appleton, Wi. I'm so very sorry to here he is no longer with us. I'll remember him always. Rest in peace Dick you have earned it. Mike Friis john friis, March 13, 2021 Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you travel through this mourning of your husband and father. Please know that we are here for you if you want or need anything that we can do for you. Sending our prayers of comfort and love. Richard & Lynn Langbecker, March 13, 2021 Aunt Jill & the rest of the Rud clan, I’m so very sorry to learn of Uncle Dick’s passing. I never got to be around him much, being that Grandma & Papa’s Rud crew is all down in Georgia. I will cherish the times that we did get to share together & I will never forget his love & compassion for us when our Papa (his brother Joel) passed away. My brother, Scooter, loved him very much and really enjoyed their time together picking & telling their jokes. All my love, hugs and prayers go out to all of you. I know he’s rejoicing with his parents, brothers & sister in heaven. Holly Rud Colbert, March 12, 2021 We send our deepest sympathy and love to all of you! Dick was a favorite cousin and as the obituary said, ‘a people’s person’ and a great joke teller. Thinking of him always made me smile. Blessings to all and a special hug to Jill. Bob and Karen Chapek, March 12, 2021 As we pass through our lives we meet many people and some who we can call friend. Dick was not only a very important business associate but someone who I considered a friend. There will be many who can say the same as Dick’s gift was to be immediately likeable to all who met him. I will always keep him in my fondest memories and will recall those many stories he told. I will still laugh with him as I pass through the winter of my years and I will speak his name on many occasions until we meet again. His loss to all of us is sad but we must consider that the lord needs him during these times to brighten the eyes of the many angels he is joining. God bless you Dick and God bless your family. Don Macdonald, March 12, 2021