MARQUETTE - Dr. William A. Mudge, Jr., 93, of 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, entered eternal life Wednesday morning, February 9, 2011, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
Born November 23, 1917 in Minneapolis, a son of William and Vendla Elizabeth (Martins) Mudge, Sr., Bill was raised in Negaunee and was a 1935 graduate of the Negaunee High School. While in high school he was credited with bringing the boy scouts to Negaunee for the first time. He was instrumental in helping to organize and former Boy Scout Troop #21 and later became an eagle scout. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1939, and in 1944 received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Marquette University School of Medicine. From 1945 to 1947, he served in the US Army as a general duty medical officer, attaining the rank of captain. Following his honorable discharge, he served at the Hines, Illinois Veterans Administration Hospital and later as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Marquette University School of Medicine in Milwaukee. From 1959 to 1972, Dr. Mudge was on staff at Milwaukee County General Hospital. He moved to Marquette, MI in the mid 1970's.
Throughout the years, Bill had many opportunities for service, both medical and humanitarian. Along with those opportunities came many appointments to boards and organizations and a Presidential citation. Bill served as a member of a cancer study group in Wisconsin, was appointed to the Wisconsin Governor's Task Force on Education, served as a member of the executive committee and board of United Migrant Opportunity Service, served on the Upper Peninsula Health Systems Agency, was a member of the Marquette City Commission on Aging, served on the board of directors of Marquette-Alger Planned Parenthood, Lake Superior Hospice Association, Wisconsin Heart Association, Kenosha Anti TB Association, the American Medical Association of Michigan, was a member of the Marquette-Alger County Medical Association, a member of the Upper Peninsula Area wide Comprehensive Health Planning Association, and the American Society of Internal Medicine. Additionally, Bill received a citation for service from the Kenosha Commission on Human Relations. Bill was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Negaunee, where he served on the vestry, was a member of the Rotary Club, having served as Rotary president from 1958-1959.
In his leisure, Bill was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying all that nature had to offer. He enjoyed being an amateur meteorologist, loved canoeing, camping, and bird watching. His love for the outdoors led to a love of photography and throughout the years, many of his photographs were on display around Marquette.
Survivors include his daughters, Susan (Craig) Gieler of Nicholson, GA, Jane (Gaines) Townsend of Wilmington, NC, Mary Mudge of Charlottesville, VA, and Ann (Jerry) Gillum of Garner, NC; a son, William (Cynthia) Mudge III of Oconomowoc, WI; his grandchildren, Kevin Gieler, Tina Pfeiffer, William Gieler, Richard Mudge, Michael Mudge, Covin Davis, and Savannah Gillum; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Thomas (Mary Margaret) Mudge of Marquette; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive relatives and friends at St. John's Episcopal Church in Negaunee on Saturday, May 7, beginning at 10:00 am. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 am with Rev. John Lenten officiating. Inurnment will be made in the church columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Activity Fund, D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, MI 49855.
The Swanson- Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com