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Vernon J. Gudenkauf



Vernon J. Gudenkauf, 89, of Monti, Iowa, died Tuesday morning November 23, 2021 at Lexington Estates in Independence.

Christian Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 29, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Monti, with Reverend David Beckman and Deacon Tim Post officiating.

Visits: Sunday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Monti Community Hall in Monti, Iowa, and one hour before church service on Monday.

4th Degree Knights of Columbus Rosary: ​​Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Monti Community Hall.

Parish Bible service: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Monti community hall.

Military service in the cemetery by the US Army Honor Guard.

Interment: St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Monti, Iowa.

A memorial fund has been established for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Monti.

Condolences can be sent to Doris Jacobs, 1661 P Ave., Marengo, IA, 52301.

Fawcett-Schmitz Funeral Home, Winthrop, helps the family.

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Vernon Joseph Gudenkauf was born November 8, 1932 in Scotch Grove, Iowa, the son of Leo John and Marie Anna (Jaeger) Gudenkauf. He graduated from St. John’s Catholic High School in Ryan. Vernon served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Vernon married Joan Elizabeth McGraw on June 8, 1955 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Coggon, Iowa. He was a lifelong farmer in the Buchanan area and Delaware County.

Vernon was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Winthrop, and was a 3rd degree member of the Independence Knights of Columbus Council 4332 and a 4th degree member of the Manchester Knights of Columbus Council 2824. He loved to farm and fly private planes.

Survivors include Vernon’s wife of 66 years, Joan Gudenkauf of Independence; son, Robert (Jan) Gudenkauf of Littleton; five daughters, Debra (Jerry) Brincks of Lidderdale, Doris (Paul) Jacobs of Marengo, Linda (Joe Drobnick) Gudenkauf of Bennett, Colorado, Betty (Don) Hessseling of Waterloo and Tammy Gudenkauf of North Liberty; two daughters-in-law, Sharla Gudenkauf of Winthrop and Kim Gudenkauf of Coggon; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five siblings, Lois (Omer) Fortman of Manchester, Virginia (Phil) Kelchen of Monticello, Jeanette Steffen of Peosta, Janet (Bob) Pottebaum of Manchester and Richard (Sharon) Gudenkauf of Dyersville; and several nieces and nephews.

Vernon was predeceased by his parents; two sons, Donald and James; and two sisters, Kathleen Hogan and Mary Hoeger.

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