Joseph Shudick Sr., was a wonderful man who always stressed the importance of education with his children, said his wife, Betty Shudick.
“He was very good to his family. He had five children and all of them graduated from college,” she said. “He was so proud that they did, and they made something of themselves.”
Joseph Shudick Sr., 90, of Valparaiso and formerly of Merrillville, died April 19. He was retired from the U.S. Steel central engineering department and a World War II Army veteran, where he had served in the South Pacific.
The couple had been married for 66 years, after meeting shortly after he was discharged from the Army. They met at a meeting at a YMCA.
Shudick loved to garden, and was past president of Lake County Master Gardener Association. He loved to grow vegetables, including garlic, corn, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and horseradish.
He had been a member of the Northwest Indiana Beekeepers Association, and kept up to 20 hives, his wife said.
“He enjoyed growing and eating his own honey,” she said.
He also was a member of the Lake County Amateur Radio Association.
“He enjoyed talking to people on the radio from all over the world,” she said.
Betty Shudick said her husband was an amazing man who valued his family and wanted them to achieve in life.
“He loved everyone, and loved everything,” she said.