The beginning of Rude’s Funeral Home in the early 1880’s was actually a matter of convenience for the pioneers of this region. The furniture store built the casket and lined it as people desired. It was taken to the people’s home where a funeral would be held with the aid of friends and neighbors and the burial made. In the late 1880’s “Brookings Furniture and Undertaking”, located in the Kendall Building on Main Avenue and 4th Street employed their first regular mortician, Mr. O.G. Orr, who held that position until Bert T. Rude, Sr. received his license in 1912. The late Bert T. Rude, Vernon’s father joined the firm when he was 15, and was licensed as a funeral director in 1912 and continued actively in the business until the time of his death in 1954. The funeral home business was continued in the rear of the furniture store until 1928, the mortuary was then moved to the south half of the first floor of the Masonic Temple building on Main Avenue and Third Street. After the death of the owner, George G. Rude in 1930, Bert and his brother Orin operated “Rude Bros. Furniture and Mortuary” on the first floor of the Masonic Temple building. In the late 1930’s Orin Rude sold his share of the business to Bert and he operated as sole owner until selling half interest in the Funeral Home in 1944 to his son, Vernon H. Rude, who received his license in funeral service in 1939.
After the death of Bert T. Rude, Sr. in 1954, the Furniture Store was moved to 307 Main Ave and the entire first floor of the Masonic Temple building was completely remodeled into the Funeral Home. The Furniture Store was purchased by Duane G. Rude and the Funeral Home by Vernon H. Rude in 1956.
Vernon Harris Rude was born on June 15, 1918 in Brookings, South Dakota and received his education in the Brookings Schools and attended South Dakota State University. He was united in marriage to Vaughn H. Dripps on June 10, 1940 in Brookings, SD. Vaughn died on December 20, 1952 in Sioux City, Iowa. On September 12, 1954, he married Marian Lou Petersen in Tyler, Minnesota. Vernon continued to operate Rude’s FuneralHome, and was affiliated with Pioneer Enterprises Inc. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1984. He continued to remain active in the Funeral Home until his retirement in 1989. Vernon died April 3, 1998.
Rude's Funeral Home moved to is current location (105 West 8th Street South) in July of 2001.