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Joel Frederick Cudney Obituary- Death, Joel Frederick Cudney Funeral

Joel Frederick Cudney Obituary- Death, Joel Frederick Cudney Funeral

Joel Frederick Cudney was born 3/13/1925 in Eureka, CA to Elmer and Bertha Cudney of Fort Seward, CA. Joel was one of 8 children. Growing up in Fort Seward, Joel was an avid hiker, hunter, fisherman and musician (guitar). Joel would hunt and trap animals to feed the family and he sold furs to an outfit in Washington for spending money. Joel went to the local schools until he was 16, and then he went to work for the Dept. Of Defense as a manganese miner.
On March 13, 1942 at the age of 17 Joel enlisted into the Army and went to boot camp in Fort Reilly, KS. After boot camp Joel went aboard troop ship to Europe landing in Le Havre, FR 9 days later. Upon arrival in Europe he went to combat with General George Patton’s 3rd Army as a heavy mortar crewman with the Blackhawks of the 86th Infantry Division. After securing liberty in Europe Joel was sent on his second tour of duty to the Philippine Islands for more specific training to be used in an invasion of Japan but the war ended so he stayed in the islands until he was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. Joel returned home to Fort Seward and went to work as a timber feller and later a cement finisher.

Joel met Mary Combs at a restaurant where she was a waitress in 1951 and they were married a year later in Saint Mary’s Church in Arcata 6/16/1952. After a short time they moved to Eureka and started their family of 9 children, 23 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Dad continued to work in the construction field with Ernest Pierson Construction until the business slowed, he then went to work for the City of Eureka driving street sweeper. After working for the City Dad went to work on the ferry to Samoa for Georgia Pacific and later for Louisiana Pacific over the bridge for 13 years. After leaving L.P. Dad went to work at the Carson Mansion as lead groundskeeper for 3 years until he retired. In retirement Dad enjoyed listening to and playing music, building projects, gardening and window shopping. Dad loved it whenever they had visitors and enjoyed playing with the grandkids and said that he “wished he could be there in 40 years when the younger kids were grown to see how they turned out.”. Dad was preceded in death by his parents, all but 1 sibling and the love of his life his wife of 70 years Mary E. Cudney. Funeral arrangements are by Sander’s Funeral Home and the viewing/Rosary will be held 1/5/21 from 5 to 7pm and the funeral will be held 1/6/21 at St. Bernard Church 10am with burial at St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery.