John Mudder, 86, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Watertown Care and Rehab Center.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Watertown with Reverend Charles Warger officiating. Eloise Falk will be the organist.
Visitation will be 5-7:00 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2019 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.
Burial will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery in Hendricks, MN. Military honors will be conducted by Vietnam Veterans of America of NE SD Chapter 1054.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Dale Kludt, Dennis Anderson and Katie Leiding.
Active Pallbearers will be Travis Schueller, Joe Schueller, David Mudder, Matt Mudder, Clint Anderson and Ron Meidinger.
John Mudder, son of Dirk and Ettje (Stapelmoor) Mudder was born near Sibley, IA on June 22, 1932. He moved with his family to a farm near Hendricks, MN in 1940. John entered the United States Army in 1952 and returned to MN in 1954 following his honorable discharge.
John was united in marriage to Mae Fry on January 21, 1956 at The Little Brown Church in Nassau, IA. The couple moved to Watertown, SD in 1956 and John worked at Cave Supply Company for over 20 years. He also taught Diesel Mechanics at Lake Area Technical Institute for 15 years.
John was passionate about Dirt Track Racing. From 1960 to the early 1970s he built race cars with George Anderson, Roger Swenson, Jim Hainey and Dexter Forsberg. He was most recognized for his engine building abilities. He continued to be an avid race fan until 2017, sometimes attending three races a week.
John and Mae camped for many years with family and friends. They wintered in Mesa, AZ for over 15 years.
He was very proud of his grandkids and attended their activities when possible.
John is survived by his wife, Mae of Watertown, SD; his daughter, Deb (Jerry) Schueller of Primghar, IA, and their children, Travis (Kristin) Schueller and children, Macie, Knox and Avery of Armstrong, IA; Joe (Brook) Schueller and children, Kale, Ava and Ella of Spencer, IA; and Katie (Cole) Leiding and children, Landyn and Laythe of Primghar, IA; his son, Gary Mudder of Watertown, SD, and his children, David Mudder of Minneapolis, MN, and Matt (PaNhia) Mudder and children, Jonathan and Lucas of Brooklyn Park, MN; one brother, Harold (Lanora) Mudder of Mandan, ND; two sisters-in-law, Lynda Mudder of Brookings, SD, and Melva Proechel of Hastings, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Henry, Andrew, Vert (Kathleen) and Dick Mudder; and his nephew, David Mudder.