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Loras F. Gudenkauf


Loras F. Gudenkauf, 77, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Loras may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, where a prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may call after 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday.
Services for Loras will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, with the Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1940, in Monticello, Iowa, the son of Edward and Lucille (Trumm) Gudenkauf. He received his education from St. Mary's in Cascade. He was united in marriage on June 19, 1962, to Mary Lea Recker at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa. Loras farmed and also worked as a mechanic for over 25 years. He also drove a bus for the Western Dubuque school district during his retirement. In his legacy, Loras has given the gift of life to others through organ donation.
Loras enjoyed his tractor and going on tractorcades. He also enjoyed playing cards, going out for dinner and spending time with his grandsons.
He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Lea Gudenkauf of Cascade; two children, Richard Gudenkauf of Cascade and Rhonda (Shane) Toms of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two grandsons, Tyler Andrews and Sawyer Toms; one brother, Eugene (Anita) Gudenkauf; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernadette (Robert) Staner of Cascade, Joyce (Tony) Feldman of Earlville, Iowa, James Rollinger of Cascade and JoAnn (Donald) Knipper of Hopkinton, Iowa.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lavone Rollinger; father- and mother-in-law, Leo and Levona Recker; brother-in-law, Kenneth Recker; and sister-in-law, Sandy Rollinger.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.