|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1947|
|Death: ||Apr. 12, 2008|
Thomas Arthur Rude, 60, lifelong resident of Eau Claire, died at home in the presence of his family, Saturday, April 12, 2008, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Thomas was born Sept. 8, 1947, to Arthur and Doris Rude. In 1965, Tom graduated from Memorial High School. He attended UW-Eau Claire before taking a job at American National Bank in downtown Eau Claire.
He was married on Dec. 20, 1974, to Elizabeth Atkins at Christ Church Cathedral in Eau Claire. He was a devoted family man and loving father.
Tom served Eau Claire as a banker for almost 37 years. He completed a professional banking degree from the School for Bank Administration. He loved helping customers and was very active in the community. He retired when illness struck in 2003.
Tom will be remembered as having a gift for making people smile and a wonderful sense of humor. He was an adoring husband, a magnificent father and a loyal friend to many.
Tom is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; and two sons, Joseph and his wife, Sanya Carley of Durham, N.C., and Daniel of Eau Claire. Other surviving family include his father, Arthur of Hayward, Wis.; brother, Robert of Bristol, R.I.; sister-in-law, Patricia of Barrington, R.I.; sister-in-law, Frances (Delbert) Johnson of Kasson, Minn.; brother-in-law, Paul (Jan) Atkins of Avon, Conn.; and beloved nephews and nieces and their children.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Erickson Rude of Hayward, Wis.
A funeral service for Thomas will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at Grace Episcopal Church, E4357 451st Ave., Menomonie, WI, 54751, with the Rev. Dale E. Klitzke officiating. Family and friends may call at the church Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. and again Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Directions are as follows: from Interstate 94, take Exit 41 going south on Hightway 25 (3.4 miles). Then take a right on 28th Avenue (490th Avenue West). Take a left on Bongey Drive and then a right on 451st Avenue. The church is adjacent to Pinewood Golf Course.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., 17th floor, Chicago, IL 60601, or www.alz.org, or Grace Episcopal Church, E4357 451st Ave., Menomonie, WI 54751. We also request that friends join the family on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, in the Alzheimer's Memory Walk in Carson Park, Eau Claire. You can sign up online at www.alz.org.
Family and friends may send condolences online at www. fullerspeckien.com.
Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Apr 14, 2008
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