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Bryan Rud

November 29, 1976 — December 18, 2015

Bryan Rud, age 39, of Fosston, MN, passed away on Friday, December 18th, at his home near Fosston. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 28th, at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. Alan Arneson and Rev. Paul Magelssen officiating. Interment will be in Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Fosston. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, December 27th, at Calvary Free Lutheran Church in Fosston. Family will also greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Monday morning at Hope Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at James Rud came into this world on Monday, November, 29th, 1976 in Ada, Minnesota to parents Dennis and Mary Jo (Offerdahl) Rud. His early years were spent enjoying the outdoors, nature and sports. He excelled in football, basketball and golf, but is remembered most for being a team player and good competitor both on the field and off. Bryan graduated from Fosston High School in 1995 and went on to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and minor Classical Mythology in 1999. He worked at Mexican Village in Moorhead, throughout his college years and it was a job he really enjoyed, meeting many wonderful people.Growing up, Bryan developed a lifelong love for learning, evidenced by his quest for knowledge and understanding. He was an avid reader, loving all the major classic works of literature and sought not only to learn, but truly understand subjects that were of interest to him and as such, became a student of the world in which we live. Following his passion for learning, Bryan went on to continue his studies in Fairfield, Connecticut, attending Fairfield University where he earned a Master's degree in Education and was nearly finished with a Master's in American Studies. Upon moving out east, he also worked at American Joes and for a long period at the Sea Grape. Following his studies on the East Coast, Bryan was able to live out the passion he had for learning as a teacher and football coach at a local prep school. He would later work as a postal carrier in Thief River Falls and as a substitute teacher at Red Lake, Minnesota School District. Bryan felt blessed traveling with his soul mate and the love of his life, Shannon Helm, throughout the world. On those trips he experienced some of the greatest sights and also witnessed the great struggles people contend with around the globe. But Bryan's first love and greatest passion was his music. Bryan excelled as a musician, but would most certainly rather be remembered as a writer of songs. He worked tirelessly to compose, arrange and record music, completing three albums and was busy preparing to record again, collaborating with many artists in both Nashville and Connecticut. While in Connecticut he formed a band called the Roulette County Bandits, who played at a number of venues, private parties and events. The times most cherished by Bryan's family and friends were spent with a guitar, gathered around closely and playing and listening to the talent he shared so freely. His passion for music and the joy it brought him will forever be memories etched on the hearts of those who had the opportunity to hear him play. Bryan is survived by those he loved most, his family; including his parents, Dennis and Mary Jo Rud; two brothers Derek and Brandon; uncles and aunts, Jim (Ann) Offerdahl, Allen (Sharon) Rud and Jim Rud; cousins Jamie and Joey Offerdahl, Debbie (Jesse) Morton, Michelle (Perry) Ryan and Daniel (Stacey) Rud. He is preceded in death by his grandparents; Clarence and Janet Offerdahl, Alfred and Myrtle Rud and his brother Collin. Honorary Pallbearers are Brandon Baranyar, Josh Auchterlonie, Ben Thompson, Michael Greaver, Gabe Schouviller, Ben Buchholz, Daniel Halland, Harlan Haroldson, Chris Evje, Steve Rasmussen and Dan Schine.Active Pallbearers are Marshall Hegg, Josh Johnson, Mitch Olson, Chris Killian, Jon Omundson, Nathan Hoialmen, Juli Munro and Adam Gilbertson.


Sunday, December 27, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Calvary Free Lutheran Church
910 6th St. NE Fosston 56542, United States

Funeral Service

Monday, December 28, 2015 11:00 AM
Hope Lutheran Church
508 N. Foss Ave. Fosston 56542, United States
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