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Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Roy Raymond Mudd, 79, of Silex passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church in Millwood. Interment will be in the Saint Alphonsus Cemetery.
Roy was born Jan. 11, 1934, the eighth of ten children to Roy Burdette and Sophia (Meuth) Mudd.  Roy grew up and spent most of his life in the Lead Creek area.  Roy attended the Duff School until the eighth grade.  He started his career early in life, first following his father and older brothers around the farm and then joining forces with his two brothers, Jake and Bill, to form Mudd Brothers farming operation — a partnership that lasted until the men retired.
Roy absolutely loved his job.  There was nothing he enjoyed more than working on the farm.  One of his final wishes was to be strong enough to go check his cattle.  He took great pride in his property and whether he was brush hogging or mowing the lawn not a piece of grass was out of place when he was finished.  It didn’t matter whether he was tilling the soil or tending to his livestock, working the farm was not just an occupation to Roy, it was his life’s work, his vocation.
Just when Roy appeared to be a confirmed bachelor, into his life came Wanda Lou Steele Norton.  Suddenly there was a sparkle to Roy’s eye and a lighter step in his stride than had previously been noticed.  On Nov. 7, 1987 at Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church Roy made Lou his wife and they spent the next 26 years making memories together.
Roy is survived by his wife, Lou; stepdaughter, Cindy Norton, of Vandalia; two sisters Mary Hughes, of Middletown and Nora Witte and her husband Harry, of Troy; sisters-in-law Louise Mudd, of Silex, Merline Barley, of Corso, and Gloria Leverett and her husband Willard, of Middletown; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Jake, Bill, Pat, and two infant brothers; two sisters Sultana Mudd and Nadine Bastean; brothers-in-law David Barley, David Hughes, and Bob Bastean; and sister-in-law Virginia Mudd.
Roy was a lifelong member of the Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church in Millwood and a member of the Millwood Knights of Columbus.  Family was of great importance to Roy; even though he didn’t have children of his own. He came to as many family events as he could.  Roy was the quiet, unassuming man, sitting in the back visiting with family and friends.
The little things in life gave him the greatest pleasure.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Russ Mudd, Don Mudd, Pat Mudd, Doug Mudd, Dean Mudd, and Steve E. (Toad) Mudd.  Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Huber, Floyd Cronen, Leo Bastean, Kenny Kirchoff, and Jim Mudd.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Saint Alphonsus School.