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Anthony "Joe" Gudenkauf

Seneca, Kansas

01/24/1936 - 12/30/2023

Anthony J. Gudenkauf, 87, of Seneca, died on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca.

Joe was born on January 24, 1936 to Anthony (Tony) and Celesta Grollmes Gudenkauf. Joe attended school at Sts. Peter and Paul and graduated in 1953. After he graduated from high school, he helped his dad on the family farm until he was drafted in to the United States Marine Corps on January 19, 1956. He was discharged from the corps on January 18, 1959 at the rank of SGT. During his stint in the service, he was stationed in California, Florida, Tennessee, Okinawa, Japan. After he was discharged from active duty he returned to Seneca.

On February 23, 1963 Joe married his lifelong love, Arlene Heinen at St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Kelly. They celebrated 60 years of marriage.

He was employed by Love and Osterhaus Construction, Meyer Lumber Yard, Koelzer Lumber Yard, Koch & Company, Seneca Thriftway (BIG B) and was a parts man for Henry Brothers Implement in Seneca. Joe enjoyed keeping busy.

Joe was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church where he was an usher for funerals and a member of the St. Joseph Society.  He was an active member in the Seneca Knights of Columbus Council 1769, the Seneca Memorial Post #7458 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Earl W. Taylor Post #21.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents A. H. (Tony) Gudenkauf on June 21, 1973 and Celesta Gudenkauf on December 30, 1991.

Joe is survived by his wife, Arlene of the home; and his siblings, Dorothy Deaver of Clay Center, Paul Gudenkauf of Seneca, Jane Heinen of Seneca and Carrol Gudenkauf of Seneca.

Rosaries will be prayed at 5 and 7 PM on Sunday, December 31, 2023 at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. Mass of Christian Burial will be 3 PM Monday, January 1, 2024 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca.   Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials can be given in Joe’s memory to the Sts. Peter and Paul School and/or the church cemetery, and sent in care of the family.

Rosaries will be prayed at 5 & 7 PM on Sunday, December 31, 2023 at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3PM on Monday, January 1, 2024 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Rosaries will be prayed at 5 & 7 PM on Sunday, December 31, 2023 at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3PM on Monday, January 1, 2024 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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17 Comments

  1. Connie Woodard on December 30, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    Arlene:

    So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with you and Joe. He was such a wonderful person. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Hugs,

    Connie (Huninghake) Woodard

  2. Hazel Lear on December 31, 2023 at 5:06 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Enjoyed working with him at Big-B.

  3. Mary Beth Steinlage on December 31, 2023 at 8:09 am

    Such a kind man who was always fun to be around.

    • Kelly Schulte on December 31, 2023 at 4:40 pm

      Joe was so sweet and always had a smile to give away! Arlene you was his true sweetheart ❤️ You are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🙏🙏

  4. Debra Meyer on December 31, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Joe was one of my favorite people! You will be missed. Prayers for Arlene and family.

  5. Christina Lierz on December 31, 2023 at 9:40 am

    Joe was my down the street neighbor growing up on 2nd street. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. I will miss so much about this man. Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace!

    • Jim and Vivian Martin on January 2, 2024 at 10:04 am

      Sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Praying that God will give you comfort and peace during your time of sorrow.

  6. Jill Meyer Larson on December 31, 2023 at 10:01 am

    Joe always had a smile for everyone. Prayers for Arlene and his family.

  7. Betty Wenzl on December 31, 2023 at 10:43 am

    So sorry for your loss Arlene. Love and Prayers.

  8. Maegan on December 31, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    So sorry for your loss Arlene. We always remember the afternoons that you and Joe came to Valentino’s for lunch or brunch! You are both always so nice!
    Prayers for comfort to you and your family, may Joe rest in peace!
    ~the Boeckman waitresses! (Maegan Winkler, Amber Meyer and Kayla Jones)

    • Tammy Nocks on December 31, 2023 at 3:21 pm

      I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was always proud to have been Megan’s 1st babysitter when we were neighbors. He was truly a wonderful person and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
      Tammy (Koelzer) Nocks

  9. Betty Peterson on December 31, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Will definitely miss Joe on his Saturday visits to Freddy’s! He was one of a kind!!

    • Mike Terpening on December 31, 2023 at 6:04 pm

      Joe was a great supporter of NV athletics! Always enjoyed talking to him after games! Positive guy! He will be missed.

  10. Susan Steinlage on December 31, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    Arlene, so very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a wonderful person and I always enjoyed seeing the two of you at church and Freddy’s, etc. when I was in Seneca. Sending prayers your way. Susan Kramer Steinlage

  11. Bruce & Judy Larkin on December 31, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Enjoyed having coffee with him on occasion.

  12. Marlene (Osterhaus) Ferguson on January 2, 2024 at 8:39 am

    Arlene
    So very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I remember his electric smile, kindness and chats when I would come home and happen to run into him and you.
    My sister, Gail and I thought the world of him. He was a wonderful man. He will be missed

  13. Carolyn (O'Keefe) McKnight on January 3, 2024 at 10:52 am

    Joe and Arlene were at all of our games in high school. Although, they were Christine’s Aunt and Uncle, it always felt like they were the team’s Aunt and Uncle. They were our biggest fans. He will be greatly missed.

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