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      Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion reflects on the life of Dave Gudgel

      Dave Gudgel passed away on September 14, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

      The City of Keokuk is mourning the loss of a former mayor.

      Dave Gudgel passed away on September 14, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

      He was a lifelong Keokuk resident.

      The flags were at half staff outside of Keokuk City Hall where Dave Gudgel served as mayor for 8 years. Gudgel passed away last weekend after a long battle with cancer.

      Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion grew up with Gudgel in Keokuk and remembers their friendship quite well.

      "He was my best friend and I've not only lost a best friend, but the City of Keokuk has lost a best friend too," Marion said.

      Marion also said he and Gudgel were college roommates. Marion added that when Gudgel occupied the mayor's office, he had a lot of common sense and vision for where he wanted Keokuk to go.

      "Oh gosh, he loved the city, he loved the school, he participated in everything, so he really gave back to the community," Marion said.

      State Representative Jerry Kearns from Keokuk said he remembers Gudgel as a private businessman. But the lawmaker also remembered Gudgel as mayor and when Kearns served on the Lee County Board of Supervisors.

      "Well, I think his, like I said, his dedication to the city, he was always interested in making it a better place to live. He was always interested in making the infrastructure more sound," Kearns said.

      Kearns said he feels the former mayor was very dedicated to the city and that while he was in office, he wanted to make Keokuk at better city each and everyday Both Marion and Kearns agree that one of the highlights for Dave Gudgel, was when the Rand Park Pavillion was dedicated during his term in office.

      Visitation for Gudgel is scheduled for Thursday evening from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Keokuk.

      The funeral service is scheduled for Friday at the church at 3 p.m.

      The DeJong Celebration of Life Center in Keokuk is in charge of arrangements.