Frederick Olin Ruud, age 91, of Arvada, Colorado, died at his home of acute heart failure on December 7th, 2016. He was born in Waterville, Washington, in 1925, to Oliver Karl Ruud and Eloise McKay. Fred lost his beloved wife of 55 years, Sylvan Rae, in 2003. He is survived by daughter Kathryn, her husband Tom, sons Sylvan Oliver Lee and Eric, and Eric's spouse, Laura, and four beloved grandchildren: Harper Keenan, John Keenan, Alexander Ruud and Erica Ruud. Fred was a generous, gentle and kind man. He often stopped to aid people and animals. He loved to travel across the United States and visit our national parks and he thrilled to the majesty and beauty of these environments and the scenery. Fred had a powerful sense of adventure. With his family and a 16-foot trailer in tow, he drove the Al-Can gravel road to Alaska and back to the U.S., twice, once in 1967 and again in 1972. He was a farmer, a cowboy, a skier, an engineer and an awesome father and grandfather. At the end of WWII, Fred did a tour of duty with the U.S. Army for two years. In 1950, he graduated from Washington State College, where he had majored in Mechanical Engineering. In his sophomore year, he was an engineer trainee at the Grand Coulee dam. He later worked at the Bureau of Reclamation in Denver and he enjoyed a productive career of 34 years. Prior to his retirement, he was the Head of the Technical Engineering Analysis Section, and had become a recognized authority on structural design and stress analysis of dam and wind turbines and water project pumps. Fred also had a subsequent career as an international engineering consultant and he worked for international organizations such as the World Bank. He was recognized for his ingenuity in developing solutions to obscure problems and did engineering consultation in Canada, Leningrad, Beijing, Tokyo, Romania, Turkey and Egypt. He was a gifted technical writer, with many professional reports to his credit. He was also an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In his Oral History Interview for the Bureau, Fred said, that post-WWII, he realized "it was so much more difficult to build things than destroy things, which is why [he] got into the business of building things." He also liked to say there are three kinds of people in the world, "those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what the heck happened."Other photos and mes-sages are shared here: http://www.allstatescre-mation.com/obituaries/frederick-olin-ruud/ There will be no funeral service. Donations can be sent to the ASME Foundation, 150 Clove Road, Little Falls, New Jersey, 07424-2100.
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