Frederick Parker Ruda


Fredrick Parker Ruda, 67, Hays, died Sunday, April 8, 2012, as a result of an automobile accident near Dodge City.

He was born Sept. 25, 1944, in Colby to Joseph A. Ruda and Eilleen (Parker) Ruda.

He married Sherrill Sexson on April 4, 1970. He was chairman of the Technology Studies Department at Fort Hays State University for 33 years. In 1972, he received his master's degree from FHSU. Five years later, in 1977, he received his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War in 1968.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council No. 6984, the Bishop Cunningham Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and an active member of the educational organization ITEA.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Sherrill; a daughter, Karrie Millershaski and husband, Bruce, Montezuma; a son, Troy and his wife, Lisa, Thornton, Colo.; four grandchildren, Hannah Millershaski, Keith Millershaski, Madison Ruda and Ethan Ruda; two sisters, Judy Fisher and husband, A.B., McDonald, Jean Habrukowich and husband, Phil, Somerset, N.J.; three brothers, Art Ruda and wife, Sherron, Centerville, Ga., Don Ruda and wife, Susan, Ness City, and Alan Ruda and wife, Marilyn, Perth, Australia.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Eilleen Ruda; his father, Joseph Ruda; and a sister, Letitia "Tish" Anderson and husband, John.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by the the U.S. Army Funeral Detail from Junction City.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 18th and Vine.

A combined rosary will be at 6 p.m. of the Perpetual Adorers, Daughters of Isabella, Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Knights of Columbus, both Third and Fourth degrees.

Memorials are suggested to Holy Family Elementary School and the Fort Hays State University Scholarship fund in Fred Ruda's name.

Condolences can be sent to the family at

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