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James William Gudde, 42, of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Chilhowee, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at his home.

James was born June 6, 1979 in Kansas City, son of Lynn George and Sarah Kathryn (Raker) Gudde.

He graduated from Holden High School, Class of 97.

He attended CMSU in Warrensburg. James was in the restaurant business, he was General Manager of several Applebee’s locations through the years.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed following the Royals.

Survivors include his parents, Lynn and Kit Gudde of Chilhowee; and brother, Adam Gudde of Holden.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Bill and Betty Raker; paternal grandparents, Harry and Dorothy Gudde; and an aunt, Clayton (Raker) Hasser.

James’ funeral service was combined with his mother, Kit’s, who has since passed away.

The service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021 at the First Christian Church in Holden, with Pastor Tim Whitmore and Father Curt Vogel of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church co-officiating.

Interment followed at New Liberty Cemetery near Magnolia.

The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden, for both James and Kit.

Memorial contributions may be left to New Liberty Cemetery Association, in care of the funeral home.

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