About Pastor Arnold Ruddat

Arnold was a christian all his life, from the time of his baptism as a child to the day when the Lord called him home to heaven.
Arnold loved his Lord dearly and committed his life to the teaching and studying of God’s Word. He was a Lutheran pastor for 27 years serving many congregations in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. He pictured himself as a watchman speaking and teaching God’s Word just as God called the prophet Ezekiel to be a watchman for Israel.

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman of the house of Israel: so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.” – Ezekiel 3:17

“I do hereby testify that I am a Christian. I have placed all my hope of life hereafter in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. His death and resurrection have given my life meaning and make my death a peaceful passage to eternal life in heaven. I want my family and friends to know that for me to live with Christ, and to die is gain. I ask my children, whom I love and who have brought me great joy, never to forget these instructions of Christ to be faithful to him until death and to proclaim his Gospel to every nation. Share God’s word of salvation in Christ with everyone at home and wherever you go in this world. May God grant you peace, love and strength as he guides you through life. Then, at the end of time, we will be reunited in heaven as God’s happy family.”

- Taken from Arnold’s Last Will and Testament

Pastor Arnold E. Ruddat, age 53, of Manitowoc, WI, passed away on Saturday, November 22, 1997 at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held at Manitowoc Lutheran High School on Tuesday, November 25. Pastor Keith Haag and Pastor Bruce McKenney officiated. Arnold Ruddat was born January 22, 1944, in Milwaukee, son of Elfrieda (Theisen) Ruddat and the late Ewald Ruddat. He married Donna Hartwig on February 7, 1970, at Stevensville, MI.

For eight years he attended the Northwestern Preparatory School and College in Watertown, WI, and then four years attended the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. He served as vicar at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stevensville, MI. His first permanent call was to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elmwood, WI from 1970-1974. From 1974-1977 he was pastor at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holland, MI. From 1977-1985 he served at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran church in New Prague, MN. He then served at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Collins, WI from 1985-1997. For the past four years he also taught part time at Manitowoc Lutheran High School. In 1997, he accepted a call to teach full time at Manitowoc Lutheran High School.