Francis L. Dudenhoeffer Sr., age 92, of Linn, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at his residence.
Francis was born May 11, 1925, in Frankenstein, a son to the late Paul and Mary (Samson) Dudenhoeffer.
On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1949, he was united in marriage to Martha Mae Bonnot. She preceded him in death on September 5, 2008. They were married 59 years and raised eleven children.
Francis was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Linn, Knights of Columbus, and a United States Army Veteran as well as a member of VFW Post #4756 in Linn.
Francis was a farmer most of his life. He loved fishing, playing Preference, and visiting. In his later years, he was a master at putting together puzzles! He was also well known for his sausage making ability. Francis’ greatest love was his family.
Survivors include, seven sons and four daughters: Ronald of Jefferson City, Don and Sandee of LaGrange, GA, Charles and Marlene of Jefferson City, Francis Jr. and Melba of Linn, Sarah and John Thoenen of Linn, Theresa Wade of Jefferson City, Carol and Doug Butzer of New Bloomfield, Annabel Parkhurst of Linn, Albert and Brenda of Freeburg, Vic and Linda of Linn, and Norb and Melissa of Jefferson City; 25 grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and 12 step great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; three brothers, Vince and Patsy of Centerville, IA, Paul and Marilyn of St. Louis, and Richard and Rita of Linn; one sister, Mary Ann Boillot of Linn and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to his parents and spouse, Francis was preceded in death by: three brothers, Bernard, Alfons and George; a brother-in-law, Lester Boillot; a son-in-law, Paul Parkhurst; two daughters-in-law, Judy and Diane; and two granddaughters.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at Morton Chapel in Linn.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 4, 2017, at St. George Catholic Church in Linn.
Interment with full Military Honors will follow in the St. George Parish Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to VFW Post #4756 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.