Charles J. Gude, Jr., age 93 of Nebraska City, passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City.
He 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.  
He attended St. Bernard’s Academy and graduated with the class of 1941.  
He attended Peru State College in Peru, and later the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Ill.  
He graduated from Worsham’s in 1944.
He was united in marriage to Lorraine E. Nystrom on April 22, 1944, at St. Ida’s Catholic Church in Chicago, Ill., and to this union four children were born:  Cheryl, Mary, Patricia and Thomas.  
Following their marriage, he 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 remained there until the end of the war and his 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 at the Fassbender Funeral Home.  
In 1955, Charlie opened his own funeral home, Gude Mortuary.
Charles was very active in the Nebraska City Community over the years.  
He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus including being a Fourth Degree Knight; a member of the Nebraska City Fire Department and he served as their President for a time.  
He was a member of the American Legion and served as their Commander and on the Board for many years and was a member of the Nebraska City Eagles Club and served as their President.  He served on the St. Mary’s Church Board; the Lourdes Central Catholic School Board; St. Mary’s Cemetery Board; the Civil Service Commission and served as secretary/treasurer of the John Ramold Detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League.  
He was also a member of the National and State Funeral Directors Association and U.C.T.
He is survived by his wife Lorraine Gude of Nebraska City; children:  Cheryl Catherall and husband Robert of Lincoln; Mary Baker and husband 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 Milan, Ill., Maureen Dyer (Josh) of Davenport, Iowa, Kristine Tisue (Adam) of Bettendorf, Iowa, Mike Gude of Fairbury, Tyler Gude (Taylor) of Nebrsaka City, Mitch Gude of Lincoln, and Taylor Gude of Nebraska City; eight great-grandchildren; a sister Margaret Coonrod of Aurora, Colo.; other family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Jennifer Rezac, son in law Bruce Eppenbaugh and sisters Rita Love and Marjorie Brim.
Funeral Services were to be held Monday (11/14) at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City.  Burial was to  follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery with complete military honors conducted by the United
States Marine Corps Funeral Honors Detail.
The family was to greet friends from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Sunday (11/13) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church
In Nebraska City.  A rosary was to be recited at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Lourdes Endowment Fund or the donors favorite charity.