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Joe Gude
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Birth: Jan. 16, 1916
Tobinsport
Perry County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 8, 2005
Blytheville
Mississippi County
Arkansas, USA

Son of Frank Gude & Iola (Cook) Gude. 1 brother, Orval Gude, 2 sisters, Julia (Gude) Bacon & Rose (Gude) Stiles. Graduated from Derby High School in Tobinsport, IN, in 1936. Married Emma Etienne, moved to Blytheville in 1938, 1 son with Emma, James Franklin Gude. Later married to Velma Phillips, 1 son, Joe Russell "Jodie" Gude. Married to Rose Widner Gude at the time of his death.
Joe & his brother Orval owned & operated Gude Brothers' Slaughterhouse in Blytheville from 1940-1984. He was a member of the Blytheville Kiwanis Club & received several distinguished service awards for outstanding service to Blytheville. He served as an alderman from 1968-1984. After 16 years on the city council, rebuilding the grandstand at Walker Park & retiring as a businessman, Joe decided to run for mayor. He was elected in 1984 & was re-elected for 2 more terms. He received numerous awards for his leadership capabilities & community service during his 12 years as mayor. He was a member of the First Baptist Church for 52 years.
Survived by his wife, Rose Widner Gude, son Jodie Gude, 4 step-daughters, Pat Medling, Juanita Davis [Fay], Betty Sue Nall [Jack], Mary Byrd, & 1 step-son, David Michael Widner [Cynthia]; 2 sisters, Julia (Gude) Bacon & Rose (Gude) Stiles. Also survived by 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, & several nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, brother Orval & son Jimmy.  
 
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 Parents:
  Frank Casper Gude (1869 - 1947)
  Iola Mariah Cook Gude (1884 - 1946)
 
 Children:
  Joe Russell Gude (____ - 2012)*
  James Franklin Gude (1937 - 1996)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ervin Henry Goody (1899 - 1941)**
  Clara Gude Miller (1903 - 1966)**
  Violet Gude Adamson Smith (1905 - 1993)**
  Ernest Edwin Gude Goody (1909 - 1953)**
  Julia Mariah Gude Bacon (1914 - 2006)*
  Joe Gude (1916 - 2005)
  Laura Gude Weedman (1918 - 1977)*
  Orval Gude (1921 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Elmwood Cemetery
Blytheville
Mississippi County
Arkansas, USA
 
Created by: Dawn Walters
Record added: Oct 26, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12177307
Joe Gude
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Joe Gude
Added by: Kim McKinney
 
Joe Gude
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Thinking of you often ~ Loving you always ~ your great niece ~
- Christina
 Added: Jun. 30, 2012
 
 
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