John Bruce Scudder Sr. of Rolla, Missouri, formerly of St. James, Missouri was born in Oneonta, New York on August 14, 1934 to Julian and Benrice (Brown) Scudder and passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the age of 84 years.
After graduating high school John attended a technical trade school where he learned the automobile die trade. He then went to work for Ford Motor Company as a die specialist. He worked at many trades over the years.
John married Shirley Hicks on September 15, 1954.
John had a strong faith in God and would go on to join the ministry. He went to work for the Underground Evangelism, this company built secret compartments to smuggle bibles behind the Iron Curtin.
John worked for the Operating Engineers on a road construction crew that built I-65 through Indiana.
He also started his own company, J.B. Scudder Construction, that built houses, businesses and did home improvements. John felt was his true passion and calling was the ministry and he would go on to pastor several area churches over the course of his lifetime including Winkler Baptist Church, Ft. Wyman Baptist, and he was the Interim Pastor at Salem Ave Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Benrice Scudder; his daughter, Carol Jean Scudder; and son, James Earl Scudder.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, John Bruce Scudder Jr. and wife Debra of Fort Pierce, Florida, Glen Scudder and wife Lee of Olathe, Kansas and Monica Cain and husband Sean of Nicholasville, Kentucky; brother, David Scudder and wife Gini of Rolla, Missouri; sister, Deborah Martin-Bebee of Peru, Indiana; grandchildren, Jacob Scudder, Elizabeth Goddard, Brandon Scudder, Jacque Roark, Brittany Krueger, Garrett Scudder and Abigail Cain; great grandchildren, Gant Scudder, Dehring Scudder, Sam Goddard, Lorraine Goddard, Weston Roark, Dakota Saunders, Allyson Krueger and Mya Krueger; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary with Pastor John Bruce Scudder Jr. officiating.
Internment followed at the St. James Cemetery with Garrett Scudder, Justin Goddard, Farron Roark, Nick Krueger, Rick Birkner and Sean Cain serving as pallbearers.
Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.