Darrell Pudenz

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Darrell Pudenz, 64, of rural Carroll, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Mount Carmel. The celebrant was Father Timothy Friedrichsen. Con-celebrant was Father Lynn Bruch. Music was by Nancy Lemker and the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Choir. Lector was Nick Fangman. Gift bearers were Darrell’s family: Gwen, Trinity and Tristen. Casket bearers were Randy Drees, Terry Molle, Troy Schon, John Heuton, Dick Wernimont, Scott Lenz and Andre Angrick. Burial was at the Lanesboro Cemetery, near Lanesboro, with military honors conducted by the Breda American Legion.

Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll was in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left for Darrell’s family at

Darrell William Pudenz was born on Aug. 29, 1955, in Carroll, Iowa. A son of Leon and Norma Jean (Bartlett) Pudenz, he grew up near Carroll, and graduated from Carroll High School in 1974. Following high school, Darrell enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years stationed in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Darrell returned to Carroll, and drove truck for Bud Freeman, and later became a self-employed truck driver. On Aug. 17, 1984, Darrell married Sandra Knueven at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. The couple lived in various locations in the Carroll area before settling on their acreage north of Carroll. Darrell was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and the Breda American Legion.

Darrell is survived by his wife, Sandy, of rural Carroll; son: Daniel Pudenz and Trisha of Wilton; grandchildren: Gwen Pudenz, Trinity and Tristen of Wilton; four sisters: Deb (Michael) Daniel of Lohrville, Donna Pudenz of Carroll, Joyce Pudenz-Peterson of Overland Park, Kansas, and Jeanine (Carl) Van Gorp of Elkhart; brother: Tom (Diane) Pudenz of Carroll; and other extended relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Norma Jean Pudenz; parents-in-law, Louis and Arlyne Knueven; granddaughter Addison June Pudenz in 2011, and brother-in-law Mark Peterson.

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