|Birth: ||May 22, 1920|
|Death: ||Jun. 21, 2010|
Arthur A. Rude of Golden Living Center-Valley of Hayward in Hayward, WI, passed away peacefully in his evening sleep on June 21, 2010. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday on May 22, 2010.
Art was born and raised in Eau Claire, WI, where he lived until 1973, at which time he moved to Hayward.
He is survived by a sole son, Robert, of Bristol, RI; a daughter-in-law, Deborah; another daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Rude of Eau Claire; four grandchildren, Laura Barletta of Weston, MA, Tracy Smith of Newton, MA, Joseph Rude of North Carolina and Daniel Rude of Milwaukee, WI; and six great-grandchildren.
His youngest son, Thomas, preceded him in death; as did his loving wife, Doris (Erickson), who passed away June 12, 1990.
Although he had no daughters, he was especially close to three of his nieces, Debra Larson of Rochester, MN, Sandra Humphrey of Rochester, MN, and Barbara Clagett of Hayward, WI, as well as a niece through marriage, Renee Erickson of Kasson, MN.
Art grew up working for Schumacher Express and later for Ed Phillips & Sons, a wholesale distributor. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Signal Corps of the 90th Infantry Division (also known as the T/O, or "Tough Hombres," division). He was a veteran of the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Falaise Gap, the Battle of the Bulge, The Crossing of the Rhine River, battles in Bavaria and he finally ended the war in Susice, Czechoslovakia. His division incurred a casualty rate of 160% due to the constant influx of reinforcements and battlefield deaths. Even though he received several commendation medals, his usual comment when asked about his experiences was "It was pretty bad." Their division captured 83,000 POWs.
After moving to Hayward in 1973, Art and his brother-in-laws spent considerable time at their hunting and fishing cabin at Nelson Lake. The cabin was built in the early 1950s by floating lumber across the lake on a handmade raft. There were no roads into the property. Over the years, "Togi Bay," as it became known, symbolized the close-knit brotherhood of the Erickson brothers and Art, the only non-brother in the group.
On visits to Rhode Island, Art especially enjoyed ocean sailing and sleeping aboard his son's sailboat. In addition, he cherished weeks spent with family in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Art was known throughout the Hayward region as a jovial, lovable, giant of a man. In his prime, he measured 6'4" and weighted over 300 pounds. Some jokingly referred to him as "The Mayor of Hayward" because he knew so many individuals.
The last two years of his life found him fighting Alzheimer's disease and it was at that time he had to reside at the Valley of Hayward nursing home. He loved the care he received from the doctors and staff and they loved him.
Donations in honor of Art's life can be made to First Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 346, Hayward, WI 54843. He was a member of the church since moving to Hayward.
A memorial service celebrating Art's life will be held in early September at First Lutheran Church of Hayward.
To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.andersonnathan.com.
Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, WI
Published 24 June 2010
Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Nov 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61174721
A lighted candle in your memory... rest in peace, Arthur.|
Added: Jun. 12, 2011