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Walter O. Kudart, 90, of Ottumwa, died at 3:31 p.m. February 6, 2018 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
He was born February 18, 1927 to Fredrick Otto and Laura Marie Scharman Kudart in Argonne, SD. He married Evelyn Mae Stevens on February 1, 1946 and she preceded him in death on February 3, 1992. He married Marilyn Yates on September 25, 1993.
Walter grew up around What Cheer, IA. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Panama. Walter worked for 40 years for John Deere Ottumwa Works and for 60 years for Romerman Feed and Grain and Dairy Farm.
He was a member of Zion Community Church of God and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion. Walter was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed shooting pool and playing cards.
Surviving is his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Jerome Dean "J.D." (Janice) Kudart of Lake Ozark, MO and Walter Kudart Jr. of Phoenix, AZ; three step-children, Marlene (Curt) Wilkerson of Smithville, MO, Steve (Neely) Yates and Brent Yates both of Ottumwa; 8 grandchildren, Katie, Kelly, Madilyn, Josie, Makenna, Lily, Lucas and Aidan; 9 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Lillian Espy, Louise Brandt and Ruth Reynolds and a brother, Bob Kudart.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Zion Community Church of God with Pastor Jesse Elkins officiating. Burial will be in Blakesburg Cemetery with military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Zion Community Church of God or O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.
Published on February 7, 2018
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