Lester John Gudenkauf (1933 - 2013)

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MANCHESTER – Lester John Gudenkauf, 79, of Manchester passed away peacefully on Aug. 4, surrounded by his family.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Manchester conducted by Rev. Joseph Schneider. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, Visitation was at the Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Manchester, from 3 to 8 p.m., with Recitation of Rosary by Catholic Daughters at 3 p.m. and Vigil Services at 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be held one hour before services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
Lester was born Aug. 17, 1933 in Worthington, the son of Walter and Lucinda (Recker) Gudenkauf. The family later moved to a farm they purchased near RyanUpon graduation from St. Patrick's School, he was employed as a mechanic and also construction prior to farming.
On June 30, 1959, Lester was united in marriage to Marian (Haennig) at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Masonville by the Reverend Michael J. O'Sullivan.
Lester is survived by his wife, Marian of Manchester; six children, Michael (Mary Lou Schaul) Gudenkauf of Masonville, James (Robin Huls) Gudenkauf of Manchester, Mark (Carrie Smith) Gudenkauf of Independence, Mary Beth (Kevin) Offerman of Manchester, Joan (Greg) Deutmeyer of Edgewood; and Janet (Michael) Philipp of Manchester; Sixteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild; four brothers, Gerald (Ann) Gudenkauf of Manchester, Raymond (Sally) Gudenkauf of Ryan, Dennis (Judy) Gudenkauf of Manchester, Elmer "Jerry" (Dianne) Gudenkauf of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three sisters, Mary Ann (Edward) Schulte of Manchester, Grace Pruss of Marion, and Alice (Lawrence) Sperfslage of Strawberry Point; and one brother-in-law Laverne Vaske of Marion; and many nieces and nephews.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents; sisters-in-law, Judy Gudenkauf, Frances Joan Vaske; and nephews, Kenneth Beranek and John Gudenkauf.
Please sign the online guestbook for Lester at www.murdochfuneral home.com under obituaries.
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Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home
925 W Main Street
Manchester, IA 52057
563-927-2315
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Aug. 5 to Aug. 24, 2013