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Jerry R. Ruud July 27, 1953 - Aug. 21, 2009

MERCER ISLAND, WASH. -- Jerry R. Ruud, 56, of South Prairie, Wash., formerly of Willmar, died Aug. 21 in Mercer Island, Wash.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar.

He was born July 27, 1953, in Willmar to Royce and Norma Ruud. They lived in Lake Lillian for the first 11 years of his life. He graduated from the Willmar High School in 1972. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He served as a medic and was injured during the take over at Wounded Knee in South Dakota.

He trained as a saddle maker and returned to Willmar in 1980. He farmed with his father and brother. He moved to Renton, Wash., in 1983 and to South Prairie, Wash., where he resided until his death, in 1986.

He was a trainer for horse riding and active in trail riding clubs in Minnesota and South Dakota. He worked one summer for the Wells Fargo Horse team tending to and driving the team in parades. He worked one summer in Alaska and drove horse-drawn sleighs, buggies at various events. He worked at a dude ranch for several years in South Dakota. He was also a carpenter, furniture maker and worked with leather.

He is survived by his parents of Willmar; a brother: Randy Ruud of Washington; twin sister: Betty (and Gary) Hendrick of Mercer Island, Wash.; and a sister: Becky (and Darvin) Hauptil of Willmar.