Dr. James E. Rudd died at his home on Oct. 10, 2012. He was born July 17, 1928, in Wichita, Kan., the son of Ward H. and Pauline (Cushman) Rudd.
He was united in marriage to Willa Don Graves on June 3, 1956, at the South Joplin Christian Church.
He was a member of the Neosho United Methodist Church, The Southwest Missouri Optometric Society, and The Missouri Optometric Association, of which he was a past president.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife of 49 years, Willa Don; two daughters, Robin Sue and Rose Ann; and one son, Ward Douglas.
Survivors include: his son, Will James Rudd and his wife, Stacy, of Dallas, Texas; and five granddaughters, Kristin, Carolyn, Lauren, Kathryn and Camryn; one sister, Eleanor Rudd Calvert and husband, Paul, of Kansas City; two nephews, Ken Calvert and his wife, Trisha, and Craig Calvert and his wife, Christina; his wife, Avis Lankford Rudd, and her children; Pat Cole, Larry and Carol Lankford, Peggy and Ron Becknell, Pam and Kenneth Link, Garry and Cathy Lankford; 13 step-grandchildren; and 20 step great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at the Neosho United Methodist Church, with Rev. Sara Chaney officiating. Contributions may be made to The Neosho United Methodist Church or Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO, c/o Clark Funeral Home P.O. Box 66 Neosho, MO 64850.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, MO.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.