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Donald William "Don" Gudgell 1928-1970


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 11/20/2011 at 00:37:26

Former City Man Dead of Self Inflicted Wound
The death of a former Estherville man in Audubon Monday was the result of a self-inflicted bullet wound, the Audubon County medical examiner has ruled.

Donald Gudgell, 41, was found about 8 p.m. by his wife, Nadine, at the store he had recently purchased, Sheriff Bill Nielsen said, and pronounced dead on arrival at the local hospital. The time of death has not yet been determined.

Before his move to Audubon two months ago, Gudgell was plant manager of the Butterfield Produce Company, now the Farmers Egg Company.

He was the son-in-law of Floyd Gustafson and the brother-in-law of Alan Tostenson, both of Estherville.

Services are pending at the Fuhrman Funeral Home in Estherville. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, September 1, 1970)

Donald Gudgell Funeral Rites
Donald William Gudgell, 41, formerly of Estherville, was born Sept. 20, 1928, at Rock Island, Ill. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Gudgell.

At the age of two he moved with his family to Louisiana, and received his education there [CC Note: Donald William Gudgell moved and received his education in Los Angeles, California, not Louisiana as stated in the printed obituary]. Oct. 20, 1956, he married Nadine Gustafson, Estherville. He served five years in the armed services in Germany and Japan.

Survivors are his wife, Nadine, one son, Stephen, two daughters, Catheryn and Julie; mother, Mrs. Katheryn Hommett, Oakland, Calif.; father, George, of Louisiana; one sister, Mrs. Tom Wiley (Georgia) from Louisiana.

Services will be held on Thursday at 12 noon at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. James H. Duhigg officiating.

Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery with graveside military services.

Rosary will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Fuhrman Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Malverne Moller, Hugh Greig, John Greig, Robert Bothwell, Clem H. Mergen and Clifford Hunt. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, September 2, 1970)


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