Lawrence "Larry" Peter Ruden, 83, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. A vigil service will start at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at St. Ludmila Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. The service will be conducted by Father Kenneth J. Glaser. Family will greet friends one hour before the service. Burial: St. John's Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Larry is survived by his wife, Julene of Cedar Rapids; daughters, Virginia (George) Ackerson of Norwalk and Veronica (Mike) Munday of Mount Grove, Mo.; sons, Robert Ruden of Tacoma, Wash., Larry Dean (Peggi) Ruden of Hazleton and John (Kim) Ruden of Oelwein; daughter, Barbara Johnson of Norwood, Mo.; son, David (Karen) Ruden of Albuquerque, N.M.; sisters, Rosemary Doyle of Manchester and Madonna (Miles) Leonard of Manchester; mother-in-law, Doris Clanin of Corydon; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Clanin of Cedar Rapids and Connie (Rick) Fry of Chariton; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Agatha Ruden; sisters, Theresa Tegler, Agatha Duschen and Mariella Ruden; first wife, Marion Hawker; son, Mark Ruden; daughter, Jeanne Ruden; and nephews, Michael Doyle, Richard Duschen, Ted Duschen and Frank Leonard.
Larry was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Luxemburg, Iowa, to Francis (Frank) and Agatha S. (Kleusner) Ruden. He served in the Army during the Korean War, from 1953 to 1955, and married Marion Hawker after his discharge. They raised a family of four sons and four daughters. They later divorced. Larry met Julene Clanin and they married at St. Ludmila Church in Cedar Rapids. They raised one son. Larry farmed and owned his own straight truck. He worked for Acme Transport, City Laundry, CRST, Schanno, Linn Transportation, Westside Transport and Hertz Car Rental before he retired. Larry was a member of St. Ludmila Catholic Church.
Larry was very proud of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and especially the great-great-grandchildren. He was an animal lover and enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes. Larry was also proud of his over-the-road trucking career. He drove approximately 2 million miles with only one accident.
Memorials may be directed to St. Ludmila Catholic Church and Patriot Guard Riders.
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Posted on Friday, 16 September 2016