Funeral services for Nathaniel F. Judd, 89, Washington, Illinois, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Judd died at 12:22 a.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria, Illinois.
He was born September 17, 1924, at Rover, Missouri, to Orville Judd and Alma Haywood Judd. On March 24, 1946, he was married at Koshkonong, Missouri, to Pauline Trantham. Mr. Judd was a Sergeant with the United States Army, having served during World War II with the 106th Infantry Division as a sniper. He was nominated for a Congressional Medal of Honor after leading his platoon at Okinawa and remaining as the only survivor. He was also part of the first group into Tokyo after the bomb was dropped. After coming home, he worked in District 50 schools, first as a math and science teacher, eventually serving as principal at Sundoer and Beverly Manor Schools. He enjoyed golf, bowling and woodworking in his spare time. Mr. Judd was an excellent marksman and loved spending time with his dachshund, Mr. Oscar Meyer. Most importantly, he loved his wife of nearly sixty-eight years and all of his family. His grandchildren fondly remember going with grandma and grandpa on RV trips to Branson.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline Judd; two sons, Marc Judd, wife, Kathy, Carlock, Illinois and Eric Johann Judd Sr., wife, Tammie, Pekin, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Irene Judd, West Plains, Missouri and Mary Trantham, Nashville, Tennessee; one brother-in-law, Carl Trantham, West Plains, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Erica Judd, Isaac Judd, Sara Judd-Downing, Rachel Judd-Janssen, Eric Johann “Bucky” Judd II, Anna Judd-Bikai and Andrew Judd; and two great-grandchildren, Blake and Eliza Bikai.
His parents, one son, Nathaniel, one brother, Thomas, one sister, Pauline and one brother-in-law, Lee, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am, Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.