Joseph Paul Mudd, 86 of Buffalo died Friday, January 13, 2017 at St. Johns Hospice.
He was born October 7, 1930 in Taylorville, Ill. to the late Jess and Lucille Oliver Mudd.
Paul enjoyed farming for 70 years. He first started farming on his great-grandpa's farm as a young boy using two horses, Molly and Polly.
When Paul decided to try his hand at farming on his own he moved closer to Nokomis and custom farmed, while staying busy baling hay and shelling corn around the Taylorville area.
Paul kept busy during the winters working as a veterinarian assistant for the late Doc McDermith's of Nokomis.
Paul and his late wife Mary Ann and children enjoyed the rodeo circuit, while Paul worked along with Mary Ann as her pickup man. Together as a family they enjoyed training horses and competing in rodeos.
In the fall of 1967 Paul and his late wife Mary Ann moved their family to Buffalo, where they along with their children and grandchildren farmed. Paul was getting ready to celebrate his 50th year farming this fall on the Hasslacher Farm.
Paul married his wife Eve in 2009 and they enjoyed farming together. Paul and Eve purchased an RV and enjoyed several years of traveling cross country, visiting family and friends, while creating memories that Paul could cherish and relive for years to come.
Paul always had an interesting story to tell about their many adventures. One of the truly wonderful attributes about Paul was he never met a stranger, always lending a helping hand to those less fortunate. Paul always had time to stop and chat with anyone that stopped by the farm while he helped many people broken down off the interstate.
Paul's legacy will always be remembered, by those that were fortunate to know and respect him, while remembering Paul's generosity to everyone, and knowing that he never had a bad word to say about anyone. He will be missed by so many.
He was preceded in death by: his first wife, Mary Ann Mudd; sister, Dorothy Myerscough; brother, James (Oliver) Mudd; and parents, Jess and Lucille Oliver Mudd
Survivors include: wife, Eve Mudd; two sons: Michael Mudd (companion Starr Sebring) of Springfield and Charles Mudd (companion Kathy Busnell) of Pompano, Fla.; two daughters: Janie (Joe) Taft of Mechanicsburg and Paula Mudd (companion Ben) of Augusta, Ga.; one stepson, Tom Seelbach of Springfield; two stepdaughters, Erica (Randy) Chapman of Hampstead, N.C. and Whitney (Jason) James of Virden; five grandchildren: Joe (Lisa) Taft of Mechanicsburg, Justin (Julia) Mudd of Grandy, N.C., Leila (Bryan) Wright of Grandy, N.C., Jeff (Tonya) Taft of Mechanicsburg and Jessica Sagle of Augusta, G.a.; fourteen great-grandchildren: Brandon Forbes, Michael (Jessica) Mudd, Cody Mudd, Kirstin Mudd, Gavin Wright, Tyler Capps, Jalyn Taft, Chloe Yates, Aleigha Pinckly, Jaiden Chapman, Heidi James, Lily James, Caylie Seelbach and Thomas Seelbach.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Resurrection Parish in Illiopolis with Pastor Paul DeMoreno officiating. Paul will be buried alongside his wife Mary Ann (Tester) Mudd of 50 years at Mount Zion Cemetery in Nokomis, Illinois following the funeral services.
Fullenwider-Park Funeral Home, 437 Seventh St., Illiopolis, IL 62539 is in charge of arrangements.
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