Darrell B. Ruhd, 82, of Brandt, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at the Sanford Clear Lake Medical Center.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday at the Highland Lutheran Church in Brandt. Burial is in the Highland Lutheran Cemetery in Brandt. Visitation is 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday at the Highland Lutheran Church in Brandt. The Houseman Funeral Home in Clear Lake, is entrusted with the arrangements.
Darrell Blair Ruhd was born Nov. 17, 1935, to Martin and Lillian (Blair) Ruhd in Hendricks, Minnesota. He was raised in Brandt and graduated from Brandt High School. During high school he enjoyed working for area farmers. He moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked at a packing plant.
Darrell married Annie Schepker on July 16, 1955, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They moved back to Marshall, Minnesota, where he worked at a packing plant. They then moved to Brandt, where he began working for the Brandt Coop Creamery and Hatchery as well as the packing plant in Marshall. He later began working for Virgil Forsyth at the Brandt Locker, which Darrell and Annie purchased and operated for many years. Darrell also worked as a rural mail carrier for the Brandt and Toronto Post Offices for more than 53 years.
Annie died June 20, 2008. Darrell remained active in Brandt and continued to be involved with his family’s activities.
He was a member of the Highland Lutheran Church in Brandt where he volunteered, served as a board member and sang in the choir. Darrell was a member of Isaac Walton where he did skeet and trap shooting. He was also a volunteer fireman and served as fire chief in Brandt. He had many hobbies including watching his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events; hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing, watching birds and teaching his boys to hunt. Darrell also spent time driving school bus for the Brandt School.
Darrell is survived by his children: Terry (Cherie) Ruhd of Brandt, Darla (Greg) Toben of Clear Lake, Brad (Tammy) Ruhd of Toronto, Peggy (Dwight) Buller of Hendricks, Minnesota, Neal (Polly) Ruhd of Clear Lake and Patsy (Don) Cassels, Clear Lake; 25 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Annie; son Brian; granddaughter Sarah Buller and seven siblings: Harriet Zischke, Bernice (Clulla) Nelson, Gladys Hofman, Minerva Helmberger, Leland Ruhd, Ellen Story, Avis (Bonnie) Stangeland.