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James A. Rud, 80

James Arthur Rud, 80, of Farmington, died on June 16, in Red Wing.

He was born on Oct. 2, 1936, to Geraldine (Feeney) and Norman Rud, Sr., in Minneapolis. Jimmy graduated from Brown Institute in 1959, and began working in radio. His radio personality name was Jimmy Reed and he worked for KDWB, KRSI, and WDGY. Jimmy adored music and in the 1970s an ad promoting his radio show used the tag line "More music is Jimmy's specialty." He also owned Reed's Pizza in Prior Lake.

He is survived by his brother, Norman Rud Jr., of Golden Valley; and his partner, Gloria Cant of Red Wing; nephews, Donald (Joan) Rud of Greenfield, Minn., David (Jen) Rud of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Jerry (Sara) Rud of Princeton, Minn., and Steve (Tammy) Rud of Hastings.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Burial will be at a later date at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

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