James Gudenkauf, 58, died, peacefully, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Private family services were held at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello where a public visitation was held from 9- 11 Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Pastor Becky High officiated.

James Thomas Gudenkauf was born July 31, 1962 at Dubuque. He was the son of Vernon and Joan McGraw, Gudenkauf. Jim graduated from the East Buchanan Schools in 1980. He started farming near Masonville. He later worked at Cascade Die Mold in Monticello and All American Homes in Dyersville. He returned to farming, the job he really loved when he went to work for Louis John Zumbach. Jim married his wife Kim DeChant in 1993 at her mother’s home in Delhi.

Jim enjoyed woodworking and carpentry work as well as riding his motorcycle. He also enjoyed working and fixing old tractors, especially his Alias Chalmers Tractors.

Surviving is his wife, Kim, three daughters: Savanah (Dennis) Andrews, Samantha (Kyle) Wacker, Felicia (Matt Luke) Gudenkauf; 10 grandchildren: Lauren, Matthew, Arizona, Hannah, Rowan, Memphis, Phoenix, Gracelynn, Roselynn and Phiona; his parents, Vernon (Joan) Gudenkauf, a brother, Robert (Jan) Gudenkauf; five sisters: Debbie (Jerry) Brinks, Doris (Paul) Jacobs, Linda (Joe) Drobnick, Betty (Don) Hesseling, Tammy Gudenkauf, a sister-in-law, Sharla Gudenkauf.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald.

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