Charles Joseph Gude, Jr. was born on Feb. 26, 1923, at his parent’s home in Nebraska City; the son of Charles J. Gude, Sr. and Helen (Meyer) Gude.  
Lorraine Evelyn Nystrom was born on Feb. 3, 1924, in Ogema, Wisc.;  the daughter of  Henning and Tillie (Halberg) Nystrom.
The couple met on a "blind" date in Chicago, Ill.-where Charlie was attending Worsham Mortuary School-fell in love and some five weeks later (April 22, 1944) were married at St. Ida’s Catholic Church Rectory in Chicago.  
They began their journey of marriage together and eventually were blessed with four children:  Cheryl, Mary, Patricia and Thomas.  
Shortly thereafter, Charlie was deployed with the United States Marine Corps to Paris Island in South Carolina for basic training during WWII.  
Following basic training, he was deployed to Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif., and they remained there until the end of the war and Charlie's honorable discharge.
After his discharge, Charles and Lorraine returned to Chicago for a short time, and then moved to Decatur, Ill., where he was employed with J.J. Moran Funeral Home.
In 1950, the couple moved back to Nebraska City and Charles worked for the former Fassbender Funeral Home.  
In 1955, Charlie and Lorraine fulfilled their dream and opened their own funeral home, Gude Mortuary.  
In his younger years, Charlie also delivered gas products to the local Mobil Gas stations and area farmers and Lorraine remained at home to tend to the funeral home.  
In 1987, their son, Tom joined the business.
They were both active in the Nebraska City Community over the years.  
They were life-long and devoted  members of  St. Mary’s Catholic Church and were involved in various organizations at the church including the Knights of Columbus, Christian Mothers, St. Mary's Church Council and Catholic Daughters.  Charlie was also a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus,  the Nebraska City Volunteer Fire Department,  American Legion Post 8 where he served as Commander, the Nebraska City Eagles Club where he served as President.  
He also served on the Lourdes Central Catholic Endowment and School Boards, the Civil Service Commission and served as secretary/treasurer of the John Ramold Detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League.  
He was a member of the National and State Funeral Directors Association and U.C.T.
They are survived by children:  Cheryl Catherall and husband Robert of Lincoln; Mary Baker and husband Dr. John of Davenport, Iowa, Patricia Gude of Nebraska City, and Tom Gude and wife Cindy of Nebraska City; eight grandchildren:  Jill Able (Zach) of Lincoln, John Baker of Silvis, Ill., Maureen Dyer (Josh) of Davenport, Iowa, Kristine Tisue (Adam) of Bettendorf, Iowa, Dr. Mike Gude of Nebraska City, Tyler Gude (Taylor) of Nebraska City, Mitch Gude of Lincoln, and Taylor Gude of Nebraska City; eight great-grandchildren; Charlie's  sister Margaret Coonrod of Aurora, Colo.; other family and many friends.
They were preceded in death by a granddaughter Jennifer Rezac and son in law Bruce Eppenbaugh as well as Charles' sisters Rita Love and Marjorie Brim and Lorraine's twin siblings:  Verna Day and Vernon Nystrom..
Charles J. Gude, Jr. entered eternal life on Nov. 9, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Nebraska City.  Lorraine E. Gude entered eternal life on  Nov. 11, 2016 in Lincoln- only 44 hrs after her dear husband.  
What a comfort in knowing that they are together again after such a brief time apart!  
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
Funeral Services were to be Monday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Michael McCabe celebrating the Mass.  
Burial was to be in the church cemetery with military honors conveyed for Charlie by the US Marine Corps and Talmage American Legion.
Memorials to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Lourdes Endowment Fund or donors favorite charity.