Odessa It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph Richard Mudd announces his passing after an illness on Thursday September 20, 2007, at the age of 80. He passed without pain and full of peace while surrounded by his loved ones.
Joe will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Phyllis, and his children Jay (Judy) Mike, Steve (Joyce) and Jeff (Jennifer). “Papa” will also be fondly remembered by his eight grandchildren – Kelly (Pat) Shanna, J.C., Brian, Madeline, Sarah, McKenzie and McCoy – and his two great-grandchildren, Allison and Julie.
A vigil service in honor of Joe will take place on Sunday, September 23, at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be held on Monday, September 24, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Born August 24, 1927, in Monroe City, (MO), Joe married his grade-school sweetheart, Phyllis, in 1947 and was a loving, loyal husband for almost six decades. He proudly served his country in World War II and then set about building a long-time career with General Tire and Rubber Company and, more importantly, raising a family of four boys. Most recently, he served as plant manager of General Tire in Odessa from 1975 until his retirement in 1992.
Joe was a simple man who loved the simple things in life – woodworking in his shop, neighborhood walks with his dog Zack, morning coffee on the patio, golf with his buddies at Sunset Country Club and holding hand with Phyllis. Always quick with a joke, he understood the importance of the light side of life yet never wavered in his duties at work or with is responsibility to family. He was quality over quantity, substance over style and above all else, a steadfast husband, father and friend.
Joe was all the good things in people: kind and generous, both in ways of charity and with his time; strong and loyal in faith and family; patient, understanding and fair; quick to smile and slow to anger; witty and warm, to both friends and strangers alike. Simply put, it was impossible to cross his path, even by chance, without being changed for the better.
To those who knew him, he was a teacher, a friend, a coach, a guide, a rock, a hero.
He will be missed but never forgotten. Gone in body but here in spirit, Joe will forever live in those who knew him.
The Mudd Family would like to extend special thanks to Star Hospice, especially Nikki, Priscilla, Daphine, and Jesse, along with our special neighbors and friends, for their kindness during this trying time.
Those who so desire may make Memorial Donations in memory of Joe to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.