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Joseph M. Rude, 69, Pine Island

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Joseph M. Rude, 69, of Pine Island, and formerly of Zumbrota, died Monday at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

Memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, July 20, at Lands Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, with the Rev. Paul Reppe officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Joseph Melvin Rude was born on May 26, 1940, in Zumbrota, Minn., to Emil and Margaret (Ellefson) Rude. He grew up on the family farm in Roscoe Township. He attended country school in Roscoe Center through the eighth grade, then Zumbrota High School and Hillcrest Academy in Fergus Falls for his sophomore year. He graduated from Zumbrota High School in 1958. On Feb. 8, 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, Janice Miller. Joe worked as an over the road trucker for many years. In 1979 he started selling for Nord Implement in Zumbrota and worked there until it closed. He also farmed part time while trucking and selling machinery. After he retired he worked as a delivery person for NAPA. He enjoyed outdoor cooking, fishing and hunting with his buddies, NASCAR, gardening and spending time with his wife, Janice, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren. Joe was a member of Lands Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, and their beloved dog, Tucker; two daughters, Teresa (Doug) Carlson of Pine Island and Jodie (Brian) Thompson of Zumbrota; six grandchildren, Katrina (TJ) Burns, Gretchen (Andrew) Trimble, Joseph Carlson, Jerod (Carley Huss), Haley and Jordan Thompson; two great-grandchildren, Marin Burns and Jaymin Thompson; and two brothers; Daniel (Connie) Rude of Zumbrota and LeRoy Rude of Pine Island. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lyndon Rude. Arrangements are with the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Larson Chapel in Zumbrota.

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