MALTA- Boyd (Bud) Jacob Ruud, 90, a lifelong farmer/rancher in the Malta Community, passed away in Billings, Montana on December 22, 2018 of natural causes.

The family will receive friends at 7:00P.M., Friday, Dec. 28 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Malta Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family maybe left at

Boyd was born July 25, 1928 to Jacob Ruud and Signe (Carlson) Ruud who homesteaded in the Bennett Lake community South of Malta. Throughout his young life, he attended country schools South of Malta and graduated from Malta High School in 1946.
He began farming and ranching in 1948 at age 19 when his father passed away. Bud married Esther Bostrom on April 7, 1951 and they continued to farm and ranch, as well as custom harvesting for many neighbors until Bud retired.

Bud was a wonderful man who was highly respected by his family for his unselfish ways of always placing them above himself. He was known to be able to fix most anything and was always there for friends and neighbors if they needed an extra hand. Bud was very artistic and produced many drawings that his family still displays and cherishes. His sketch of Scandia Lutheran Church is well known in the community. He especially loved old time country music and playing his various musical instruments. Over the years he formed an undeniable bond with grandson, Jason, teaching him all that he knew about farming and ranching and how to fix any kind of machinery.

Bud is survived by his wife Esther, of 67 1/2 years; his four daughters Janice (Bob) Parsley, Charlene (Bruce) Williams, Dorene (Dave) Henry, Nancy (David) Cole, seven grandchildren; Jason, Joshua, Chad, Cari, Clint, Jake and Kayla and ten great-grandchildren; Zachary, Addison, Rowdy, Laina, Laira, Tana, Dahlia, Reuben, Aiden and Liam.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Orral Morris, who drowned when he was 18 months old and his sisters and their spouses; Della (Kelly) Pearson, Jean (Richard) Hendrickson, and Doris (Charles) Frye; nephews, Vernon Hendrickson, Mark Pearson and Don Frye; nieces, Karen (Hendrickson) Hoffman, Gloria (Frye) Brown and great nephew Wesley Murphy.

Guest Book

From: Ada Hawkins

My dear friend Esther and your family,

May friends and family comfort you, your faith uphold you and loving memories heal your hearts.

Love you all, Ada Hawkins & Debbie & Bill Foley

From: Darrel Ruud

Always a very pleasant person to be around. A real credit to the Ruud family.

From: Edward L. Ostlund

Condolences to Esther and family

From: Donna Dyrdahl

My deepest sympathy!

From: Sharon A Kindle

Bless Buddy, as he is at peace.
Esther and family, you have our sympathies and deepest heartfelt thoughts,.
So many great memories of all us during the the "WIFE" years.

From: Madelyn Braun

Dear Esther and family,
Our love and prayers for all. Sorry we can't be there, but you will
all be in our thoughts.
Buddy was a great cousin to me and Dennis and Gary, and I have so many fond memories of all our Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter gatherings.
Love to all,
Madelyn and Joe Braun

From: ella voise

Esthe, Char, Janice, Nancy and Doreen. So sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. I didn't know him well but like what I did know and my Mom thought so much of him and your Mom and all you girls. Prayers for peace in this sad time.

From: bruce Kesler

To all the Ruud family,
Very sorry for your loss. Dad (Floyd} considered Buddy a friend and respected and admired him greatly
Sympathetically Yours;
Bruce Kesler

From: Mary Pat Porter

So sorry to your whole family and so sorry I’m missing the funeral and missing getting to see you all. He was a handsome gentleman that raised a beautiful family. Please accept my deepest sympathies. With Love Mary Pat.

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