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Loren James Ruden

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Loren James Ruden Obituary
Ruden, Loren James Born 09/30/1960 Missing 09/09/2013 Lifelong Oceanside Resident, Family Man, and Fisherman OCEANSIDE -- Loren Ruden disappeared from our lives on September 9, 2013, when he went out for a cruise in "The Lucky Dog", his fishing boat, on a beautiful sunny day. His beloved dog Sadie swam to shore and his boat was recovered, but Loren was not found although the search for him was extensive, especially by the Coast Guard. Loren was born on September 30, 1960, in Oceanside, the third child of then-City Engineer Alton Ruden and Lorna Ruden. He lived in Oceanside his entire life, graduated from Oceanside High in 1978, and built a network of many close friends. Loren married his wife Sue in 1985, and she and their children, Maggie, Sarah and Andy, were the center of his life. Loren left his job as a Honda mechanic to become a stay-at-home dad. In recent years, Loren became even more involved in fishing, and organized charter trips. He loved softball, and played on the same team for more than 20 years. Loren encouraged his kids to excel in school and in sports, and he coached many of their teams. He was proud of their academic success and athletic accomplishments, of the adults they had become, and shared stories about them with everyone. In addition to Sue and their kids, Loren is survived by extended family: mother Lorna Ruden; siblings Linda Stanley (Gary), Alan Ruden (Judy), Larry Ruden (Beatrice), Angela Richards (Chuck) and their families; Aunt Rose Howland, Uncle Noran Ruden (Carol), other family, friends, and neighbors. A celebratory memorial, attended by hundreds of friends and family members, was held on Saturday, September 14, at the north jetty at Oceanside Harbor. Many spoke about Loren, sharing stories about his dedication to his family, his love of his life, his honesty, his fishing adventures, and of how he had touched their lives. Loren was a good man who appreciated life, and he'll be missed. He truly felt that he was a "lucky dog," and that life was "sweet." Loren's family has received authorization from the City of Oceanside to place a memorial bench at the harbor for all to enjoy. Donations to support this project can be sent to Linda Stanley (Loren's sister), 1804 Garnet Ave., #438, San Diego, CA 92109. Donations can also be made through PayPal using Linda's email: lindastanley@ earthlink.net. For more information, phone or text Linda at 858-337-6647. All donations will be acknowledged.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Oct. 27, 2013
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