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Wayne (Butch) Mudgett

Wayne (Butch)  Mudgett Wayne (Butch)  Mudgett


Wayne (Butch) Mudgett passed away March 9 at his home in Palm Harbor, Fla. with his loving wife, Diane by his side. Butch was born July 2, 1947, to the late Roland Mudgett and Josephine (Mudgett) Pink in Hannibal. Butch attended and graduated from Gilman High School and later received a degree from Wausau Technical Institute in computer programming. While in school he met Sandy (Sowinski), and they were married in 1969. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam war. Upon his return, he worked as a technical and managerial computer technician for the University of Minnesota and later Target.

Although he worked in the cities, he spent many of his weekends around Gilman and purchased Miller Dam Resort in 1985. Butch had many hobbies with golfing, hunting, and fishing being among some of his favorites. He also loved to travel and explore places around the US. It was during his travels he found New Orleans to be one of his favorite places and would bring the culture and Cajun cuisine to his elaborate dinner parties and cookouts that he would often host for family and friends.

In his retirement, Butch had adopted the snowbird lifestyle, spending most of the winters in Palm Harbor Florida and after the tragic passing of his wife Sandy, was lucky enough to find a second love and married Diane Gareri in 2016.

Survived by his wife, Diane; mother, Josephine (Mudgett) Pink; sisters, Dianne and Cindy; brother, Randy (Sandi); nephew, Michael; niece, Melissa (Todd) Zawacki; great-nephews, Jacob and Trevor Zawacki.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roland; brother, Larry; and wife, Sandy.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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