John Wayne Gudin, 71, of Higbee, Missouri passed away surrounded by family on May 15, 2022, at Boone County Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri.
John was born on November 21, 1950 in Columbus, OH, to Frank and Faye Gudin but raised by his mother and his loving step-father Leonard Hildenbrand.
In 2008, he moved to Higbee, MO and accepted a position as a Truck Driver at ESS where he worked for 13 years. He married Patricia Bray on July 4, 2015 in Higbee, MO.
John was generous to a fault. His family and friends will always remember him as being kind hearted, fun loving and a great cook.
He was a Harley enthusiast who was deeply involved in riding for the majority of his life. John enjoyed riding, building and at one time racing Harleys and drag cars. For a brief period he bought, sold and collected old Chevy cars and trucks.
John loved to tinker and he was a jack of all trades. He loved working with his hands. He had a life time of knowledge that he shared and was more than happy to pass along to the younger generations.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Faye and stepfather, Leonard.
John is survived by his wife, Patricia of Higbee, MO; son, John and wife Sally Gudin of Des Moines, IA; daughter, Regina of Des Moines, IA; stepson, Jeremy and wife Robin Bray of Moberly, MO; grandchildren, Brooke, Aaron, Nicholas, Nathan all of Des Moines, IA Noah of Newton, IA, Steven and Sam both of Higbee, MO, and Shayleigh of Lewiston, ID; six great grandchildren; loving cousin and lifelong best buddy, Linda Poe; extended family and many close friends.
A Funeral service celebrating John’s life has been scheduled for Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 3:00 p.m., at Pathway-Millard Family Funeral Chapel in Moberly with interment to follow at Higbee City Cemetery. Memorial visitation will be held Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.