Nicholas Paul Truedson, 69, died suddenly on Oct. 9, 2019, at his home in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Nicholas was born on June 19, 1950, in Crookston, Minn., the son of Birtle and Myrtle (Gillie) Truedson. He grew up on a farm east of Kennedy, Minn., with his parents and older brother. He graduated from Kennedy High School in 1968. He attended Moorhead State University where he obtained an industrial arts degree in 1972.
He married Roxanne Bylund of Lancaster, Minn., in 1972, and in 1973 moved to Montrose, N.Y., where he began his career with the VA Hospital. He loved his job as a vocational rehabilitation therapist, helping veterans learn various woodworking skills.
In 1976, he transferred to the VA hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., where he worked until his retirement.
He married JoAnn Sumner in 1983 and settled in Richfield, Minn. From this marriage, he had two sons, Thomas and Theodore, as well as a step-daughter, Marie Cyr.
He later moved to Detroit Lakes in December of 2017 in order to be closer to family. He was the cornerstone of our family – a beloved father, grandfather and devout friend. He will be deeply missed by all of those close to him.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Roxanne; his two sons, Thomas (Aimee) Truedson of Detroit Lakes and their two children, Linnae and Boden, and Theodore (Amanda) Truedson of Bismarck, N.D., and their son, Dempsey; and his stepdaughter, Marie (Cyr) Walde of Forest Lake, Minn., and her two sons, Jesse and Jack.
He is preceded in death by both parents, and his brother, Thomas.
A memorial service was held on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church on Franklin Lake in Pelican Rapids, Minn. A two-hour visitation was held prior to the service. Interment was held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Greenwood Cemetery in Hallock, Minn.