A fine man has fallen — into heaven. On July 15, 2018, John Lottman Shudde was welcomed by Jesus. John was born November 21, 1930, to John August Shudde and Sophie Lottman Shudde in Houston, Texas. He was baptized and later confirmed at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Houston, TX.
John graduated from Lamar High School in 1949, and enrolled at THE University of Texas. He was in the Naval ROTC and was President of the ATO fraternity. He graduated from the University of Texas with a business degree in 1953, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War. He was promoted to Lt. JG. John and Raynice Eads married on April 2, 1955, and lived in San Francisco, CA, while he completed his service. After his discharge, they returned to Austin to complete 2 years of pre-medical studies.
While at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, they welcomed their first son, Clayton Eads. John moved his young family to Uvalde to begin his medical practice in 1962. Daughter Rayann soon joined the family followed by a second son, William Frederick. Their youngest son, John Lottman, Jr, completed the family.
John’s passion for his patients was evident in his practice of family medicine and anesthesiology for 53 years at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He loved the entire hospital community and quietly impacted his coworkers and countless patients over the decades. He blessed the region with his work toward the building of Kate Marmion Regional Cancer Center. John ended his professional career as Director of Uvalde Hospice. After retirement, he continued to serve as a volunteer for Uvalde Hospice. Fittingly, John was privileged to receive the services of Uvalde Hospice during his final days.
John’s love for the Uvalde area was seen in his delight of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and livestock. His family often declared his medical profession supported his addiction of pecan orchards, native grasses, fence building, and sheep dogs. His generational legacy will endure because he introduced his grandchildren to the world of sheep, goats, and cattle. Shearing with Papa was a beloved annual tradition for many years.
John’s first love however was the constant presence of Jesus in his life and the Word of God. His years serving and leading a Sunday School class at St. Phillips Episcopal Church were a joy. John also met for prayer and fellowship with other area businessmen at his office every Wednesday morning for over 50 years.
John was named Uvalde’s Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2009. He served on the Board of Directors for First State Bank. John also was a former member of The Rotary Club and the Uvalde City Council.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Left to cherish his memory are Raynice Shudde, his wife of 63 years, his sons Clayton of Houston, TX, Will and wife Sue of Ovalo, TX, Lottman and wife Donna of Brentwood, TN, and his daughter Rayann of Concan, TX as well as grandchildren, Reed, Annie, and Hallie Harrison, Rachael, Claire, John Mark, Annalyn and Sadie Shudde, and Hannah Grace and husband Adam Hall, Lottie and Emma Shudde. He is also survived by his sister Jane Schoen of Houston, TX as well as many nephews and nieces, cousins and a host of friends.
Pallbearers will be family members Clayton, Rayann, Will and Lottman as well as grandsons, Reed Harrison and John Mark Shudde; grandson-in-law, Adam Hall; and dear friends, Dr. Harry Watkins, Frank Mariscal, and Tommy Leonard. Honorary Pallbearers are the men who were closer than brothers: Harvey Smith, Ken Hennings, Ray Robison, Pete Perez, and all the men of his Wednesday Morning Prayer Circle.
Memorials may be made to St. Phillips Episcopal Church, St. Phillips Episcopal Day School, or Uvalde Memorial Hospice. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
I was in an auto accident in the summer of 1962. Dr. Shudde was my surgeon and doctor and took wonderful care of me. I have always remembered what a kind man he was. My condolences to all his family.
Betsy Williams HimmelAledo, TX
I only now learned of Dr. Shudde's passing and I am saddened. John was a remarkable man of outstanding witness to the Lord and his love for his fellowman. I pray you are comforted in your loss and rejoice in his full, wonderful life.
Michael GrahamKaty, TX
Dr. Shudde was the best. Such a kind man. God bless him.
Sandy and Duke SladeWimberley, TX
RIP my precious friend who I spent so much quality time in the fifties. Your soul will live forever in my heart. Foot Feed
George AllenHouston, TX
My prayers and condolences to the family. Dr Shudde is an exceptional person in every way and his family is a shining example of his legacy. Great man and great family too. My love to you all. Beth Hess
Beth Hess CouvillionHouston, TX
Dr Shudde was a genuine blessing to all the lives he served. May God be with you during this time. Love and prayers, Angeleica.
Angelica NavarroLeakey, TX
Dr Shudde was a wonderful man with a wonderful family. I enjoyed the time I spent with them during my childhood years. The Shudde Family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Cindy (Harrell) WimberleyEvant, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with the Shudde family, I was saddened to hear of the passing of a great man Dr. Shudde, he has always been a part of our family ever since I can remember, words of wisdom through tough times in life for myself from Dr. Shudde, God always has something stored in good for all of us, my deepest sympathy to the Shudde family, Dr. Shudde will be greatly missed.
Tommy MariscalUvalde, TX
I believe we were all blessed to have Dr. Shudde in our lives; he was our doctor, a confidante, friend, and I always said family...not just the family doctor but family as well. I was blessed to know him and his family. He was always there for my family. I think of you, Shudde family, at this time....my heart grieves, yet he is in a better place, and will not be forgotten. He was just such a remarkable person, loved by all and all loved him. May God bless you at this time. Sending love and blessings to you all.
Rene RogersMidland, TX
George N. Allen JrHouston, TX
To the family of Dr. John Shudde:
May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and give you strength and comfort during this very sad time.
Woodi Ann Allen McCoyElgin, OK
My sympathies and condolences to the Shudde Family.
Dr. Shudde was our family doctor for over 20 years until we moved from Uvalde to West Texas. I loved him, he cared deeply about his patients. And his love of God he shared.
Heaven has a new angel .
Cindy Field Morrissheffield, TX
What a wonderful Christian example he was. Our prayers go out to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
Tim and Barbara ReedUvalde, Texas 78801, TX
Rayann, please know I am keeping you and your family close in my thoughts and prayers.
Denise KerrLytle, TX
To a special family, our condolences in this time of mourning.
It was a privilege to have known this special man of god who used his doctoring skills and religious heart to touch so many lives in Uvalde and it’s surrounding neighbors. May the lord lay his hands upon each family member as you celebrate his earthly life knowing that he is at peace with our lord an savior.
James & Kathy WardSeguin, TX
Our deepest sympathy and condolence Raynice and family. Our family has never forgotten the kindness and care he gave to our parents, Marjorie and Louis Parsons. I was privileged to know him through the years I worked at the hospital and bank. The community has lost a God serving. compassionate friend. Our prayers are with you all.
Robert and Dorothy ParsonsVictoria, TX
Our condolences to the Shudde family. Dr. Shudde took wonderful care of my grandmother Anita Hernandez. During deer season Dr. Shudde would take deer meat to my grandma’s home so she could make him tamales. He would always tell her don’t mix any pork meat Anita. Well my grandma didn’t listen because she would say if I don’t mix any pork the tamales will be too dry. Every year the same request which would fall on deaf ears. God took a wonderful Dr. home. Maybe now my grandma Anita will tell Dr. Shudde the secret to those awesome tamales. Rest In Peace!
Leticia BallesterosUvalde, TX
Please accept our Condolences, Sympathies and Prayers for the Family and Friends of Dr John L Shudde Sr during this time of loss.
David & Jo ThompsonPrinceton, TX
I fondly remember growing up with Clayton and spending a lot of time together with Dr. Shudde. He was an inspiration and one of the kindest persons I ever met. He will be missed by all. My condolences to the family.
Dr. Shudde took care of four generations of my family. He was a great doctor and a special friend to us. He will truly be missed in our community ... thoughts and prayers to all of you during this time .
Kay OliphantUvalde, TX
My deepest condolences to Raynece and family. Dr. Shudde will always hold a special place in my heart as I saw how caring he was to my Jack and helped him pass on to a better place in heaven. A very special man has gone to be with our Saviour.
Sylvia LentSan Antonio, TX
My condolences to the Shudde Family.....
Billy Joe HargroveSan Antonio, TX
My sympathies and condolences to the Shudde Family. Dr. John L. Shudde Sr. was my doctor in Uvalde and was a very caring and considerate man and will be missed by many of his family, friends and people he has blessed in health with his gift as a physician.
Stefan HearstLittle Elm, TX
Dr. Shudde was a good man and Doctor. He was always a pleasure to talk to and never had an ill word to say about anyone. God rest his soul and bless his family.
Jo Anne SernaUvalde, TX
Dr. Shudde had a beautiful spirit and was always ready to help. He will be missed so much. I am saddened for your lose.
Dawn JacobiUvalde, TX
I am so sorry to hear of Dr Shudde death he was a wonderful doctor he brought my to girls into this world was my doctor for almost 30 yrs
Rosalinda ArredondoUvalde, TX
Denise KerrLytle, TX
Dr. Shudde was such a wonderful person. He always had such kind words for my staff and me whenever he visited the Leakey Branch. And his flu shots never hurt! We will miss him.
Sandy LynamLeakey, TX
Breaks my heart to lose this precious man. However, I know beyond a doubt, he is where he belonged all along: with the saints and angels of Heaven. Thank you God for sharing a glimpse of your heart through Dr. Shudde. I can see him sitting, visiting and laughing with Jesus; what a picture! My heartfelt condolences and prayers to Raynice and the family.
Jan ElliottUvalde, TX
Condolences to the family Dr. Shudde was a great man and a great Doctor.
Marion TafollaSan Antonio, TX