Willis Wayne Gudeman, 92, a lifelong farmer from Francesville, IN went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. He passed away peacefully at Franciscan Health Hospital in Lafayette, IN. Willis was born on March 11, 1928 in Francesville to the late Samuel Seth and Kathryn Ann Frey Gudeman. At the age of 19, Willis committed his life to the Lord and was baptized in the Francesville Apostolic Christian Church. Willis loved his church family and had a passion for teaching Sunday school.
Willis served overseas in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Francesville American Legion Post #228.
On April 11, 1954, Willis married Margaret Stefan in Francesville. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
Willis enjoyed restoring International Harvester tractors. He was a hardworking, kind, compassionate, and faithful Christian man. Willis loved the Francesville community and never knew a stranger. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by:
Margaret Stefan Gudeman, Francesville, IN Wife
Dale (Peg) Gudeman, Francesville, IN Son
Doreen (Barry) Steffen, Silver Spring, MD Daughter
Debra (Don) Nuest, Francesville, IN Daughter
Donna (Mike) Putt, Francesville, IN Daughter
Andria (John) Sprunger, Granddaughter
Grant (Cara) Gudeman, Grandson
Darin (Arial) Gudeman, Grandson
Heidi (Ben) Swakopf, Granddaughter
Hilary Nuest, Granddaughter
Erica (Kirk) Huber, Granddaughter
David (Sierra) Putt, Grandson
Thomas Putt, Grandson
Brandon (Hailey) Putt, Grandson
10 Great Grandchildren
Marcella Gudeman, Francesville, IN Sister-in-law
Several Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in death by:
Samuel Seth and Kathryn Ann Frey Gudeman, Parents
Wendell Gene Gudeman, Brother
Hermine (Karl) Pister, Sister-in-law & Brother-in-law
Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EDT Friday, May 29, 2020 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.
Private Funeral Services will be held at Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville, IN with the Ministers of the Church officiating.
Private Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN.
While the wearing of facial coverings is no longer required by our local government, the state recommends the wearing of facial coverings and the implementation of social distancing. If you have questions or concerns, please call the funeral home at 219-567-9551.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Church HarvestCall disaster relief.
Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.