Algird J. Gudas

Aug. 15, 1925 — Oct. 6, 2015

Algird J. “Al” Gudas, 90, of Winamac, went to be with the Lord at 12:46 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6.

He passed away peacefully with his family by his side.

Al was born on Aug. 15, 1925, in Foley, Alabama, to the late Joseph and Antonia (Arndt) Gudas.

Al graduated from Winamac High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

On Nov. 20, 1954, Al married the love of his life Erica Austin at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac. She survives.

Al was a lifelong farmer in Pulaski and Fulton counties. He loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener.

Al accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and was baptized at age 90. He was a member of the St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Al was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His wish for his family was, “To have good health and happiness. To work hard and love each other.” He will be dearly missed by those who love him.

Survivors include his wife Erica A. (Austin) Gudas; daughters: Nancy [William] Schambers, Carol [Charles] Blink, Linda [Todd] Oman, Mary [John] Burchfield, Pamela [Chad] Huber, Erica [Alberto] Holguin, Lori [Mark] Pajeau, Susan Gudas, and Amy [Kyle] Burgess; sons: Kenneth [Louise] Gudas, Eric Gudas, Arthur [Margaret] Gudas, Albert [Cindy] Gudas; 41 grandchildren; more than 25 great-grandchildren; sisters: Johanna C. Gudas, Mildred E. Redweik, Edwina M. Martin and Mary M. (Jim) Perry; brother Edmund E. (Patty) Gudas; and numerous nieces and nephews

Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Frain Mortuary and one hour prior to services at the church Saturday. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Winamac. Pastor Tom Woodley officiated. Burial took place in Winamac Cemetery, Winamac. The American Legion and VFW conducted military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to Pulaski County Quilts of Valor, Future Farmers of America at Winamac Community High School or St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Pulaski County Journal

114 W. Main Street
Winamac, IN 46996

Office Number: (574) 946-6628
Fax Number: (574) 946-7471

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