Willis Wayne Gudeman, 92, Francesville, IN

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


Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.

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