Aberdeen, SD-Funeral service for Robert A. Rud, 84, of Aberdeen will be 2:00 pm, Friday, November 8, 2019 at Paynesville Evangelical Free Church in Paynesville, MN. Rev. Brad Hopman will officiate.

Burial will be in East Irving Mission Cemetery, rural Paynesville, MN.

There will be a prayer service at 5:00 pm, Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Chapel in Aberdeen.

Robert died November 4, 2019 at his home.

Robert Allen Rud, son of Clarence and Hazel (Kalkbrenner) Rud was born June 11, 1935 at Paynesville, MN. He was educated in Paynesville, graduating from Paynesville High School with the class of 1954. He then enlisted in the United States Army until being honorably discharged in October 1961. Robert was united in marriage to Elynor Brick on December 7, 1957 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Aberdeen, SD.

Robert began trucking at an early age. He was an over-the-road trucker for his entire working career. In the late 1950’s he started his own company, Rud Trucking and owned and operated it into the 1980’s. During this time Robert and Elynor lived in the Lino Lakes, MN area. He then became employed with Dart Transit Company, running their trailer repair shop, until retirement in 2001. In 2003, Robert and Elynor relocated to Aberdeen, SD.

In Robert’s free time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. During retirement, he enjoyed raising potatoes, and being a roadie for his wife’s musical career with the “Our Memories” group.

Robert was a member of Almelund Threshing Association in Almelund, MN and a former stock car racer (#55) in Paynesville, MN.

Grateful for having shared Robert’s life are his wife, Elynor; son, Charles (Judy) Rud of Woodbury, MN, Betty (Merle) Cropp of Darwin, MN; grandchildren, Benjamin Rud and Rachel Rud both of Woodbury, MN; and great-grandchild, Sophia Rud of Woodbury, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Paul, and sisters, Adeline Lang and Beverly Schultz.

He will be greatly missed by all.

Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.