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Michael Ruud, 46

Michael Glenn Ruud, 46, Long Prairie, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 24, 2013.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 31 at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem/West Elbow Lake Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake with the Rev. Weston Moir officiating.

Visitation is at Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake, on Monday, December 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 pm. and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.

Mike was born December 18, 1967 to Don and Pearl Ruud. He attended school in Elbow Lake, Rothsay, and graduated from Baudette High School. He attended Alexandria Technical College, where he graduated from the Tool and Die Program and worked at Alexandria Extrusion for over 20 years.

Mike was married to Laura Brinkman and they have one son, Nathan.

In 2008, Mike chose to pursue a new career in driving semi. He owned and operated his own truck as an independent driver.

Mike had many hobbies, most of them involving engines! He loved to restore classic vehicles, and he and Nathan spent many hours rebuilding their vehicles. Mike also enjoyed target shooting, watching hockey, camping, curling, riding motorcycle, and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his son, Nathan Ruud of Jamestown, North Dakota; special partner, Linda Hallisey of Long Prairie; parents, Pearl Ruud of Long Prairie and Don (LaVonne) Ruud of Fergus Falls; siblings, Deb (Doug) Rapp and Scott (Joyce) Ruud, all of Elbow Lake; and a large blanket of family and friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his brother, Tim; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

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Arrangements are with Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake.