Obituary Kathryn Kudlock
Kathryn (Katie ) Kudlock, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, age 73 departed this earth for her heavenly journey on April 28th, 2016. Katie died at her home surrounded by her family following a short but serious battle with lung cancer. A memorial service will be hosted by her family on Saturday May 28th beginning at 10 a.m. at the Weston County Senior Center in Newcastle WY with a luncheon to follow. Please bring your special memories to share as a time will be provided to "roast" Katie.
Katie was born in 1943 during WWII, in Spearfish, SD to Henry and Amie Rice Cundy. Her maternal and paternal grandparents were early settlers in the area in the 1880"s. Katie was the ninth child and third daughter born to Henry and Amie. At the time of her birth, she joined 2 sisters and 6 brothers, with 5 of the brothers born consecutively before her arrival. She was later joined by another sister and 3 more brothers for a family total of 13 children.
Katie's family moved to the Sundance, WY area in the early summer of 1949. She started school there that fall and graduated 12 years later in 1961. She was an excellent student who enjoyed leaning and was a caring, fun friend to all. Katie was an active leader and participant in schools activities and received many awards, especially in Speech. She participated in debate, and extemporaneous speaking and "Student Congress". She was especially proud of her "Outstanding Congress Woman" award, she won in a regional tournament. They always had excellent competition from larger schools. Katie always contributed her success to being an avid reader and her values she learned growing up in a large family. Laughingly, she would say "Growing up with 8 brothers, one learns early to speak up, negotiate, accept different personalities, share, care, support others, work together, and be industrious.
In August 1959, Katie and some girl friends were attending a Saturday night dance in Upton at the Evergreen Dance Hall when she met the fellow who became her lifetime soul mate. She wed Phillip Kudlock, a farm-ranch raised young man from Four Corners, WY, on May 20, 1961 in Sundance. The young couple was blessed with the birth of a son Dale, daughters Judy and Teresa between 1962 and 1967. The family farmed and ranched in the Four Corners area of Weston County where Katie learned some new skills; for example milking the milk cow, operating farm equipment, cattle handling, feeding and calving and surviving Wyoming winters.
In the summer of 1970, Katie started college at Black Hills State University graduating with a Bachelors Degree in secondary education in August 1973. Katie's career as a teacher began first substitute teaching, then part time as an English Teacher. In the fall of 1975 she became the Newcastle High School librarian where she touched the lives of many students. She was very proud of her accomplishments. She brought technology to School District #1 by computerizing all of the libraries and introducing internet usage into the school district. In 1997 after 23 years of services she retired.
She was not to be done helping others; as she reentered the workforce in 1999 working for the State of Wyoming Department of Work for Services as an employment specialist. Katie received a Customer Service Award from the agency for going "Above and Beyond" helping people find work and training. She was instrumental in getting job training," finding the money" for people to learn new job skills that would forever enrich their lives. She retired from this position in 2009, ending a span of 50 plus years of service work to benefit others.
Katie's family values continued to be very important as she continued to care for others. She spent time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, gardening, building flower beds and bird houses. She was always a loving wife caring for Phil," entering into his world" of Alzheimer and educating others about the disease. She would say "I am the luckiest woman in the world to be married to such a wonderful caring man."
Katie is survived by husband Phil, of a almost 55 years, and three children son Dale (Andrea) Kudlock of Cheyenne, WY, daughter Judy (Bob) Martens, Newcastle, WY, daughter Teresa (Kenny) Fordyce of Moorcroft, WY. Grandchildren; Christia (Martens) Ault, Eric (Kassandra) Martens, Heather (Luke) Martens, Brittany Martens(Eric) Lee, Clay (Lisa) Fordyce, Randi Fordyce, Riley Fordyce (Nick ) Edelman, Aubrey Kudlock (Jared) Frasier, Devon Kudlock (A.J.) Baldwin, Logan Blake, Courtney Blake and Great grandchildren; Marcus, Cameron, Amarah, Anallah, Elizabeth, Juliona, Charlotte, Callum, Teddy, Tyrin, Kamydn, Adley, Jaydyn, Grayson. Katie is also survived by 4 Cundy brothers Walter (Betty), Leslie, Art (Alice) and Henry and one sister Marilyn ; 14 nephews, 13 nieces and two long- time friends Linda and Kenny Bunner and their daughter Michelle Palmer of Casper.
Katie was preceded in death by her parents Henry Cundy in 1973, Amie 2009 at the age of 102, Brothers Harold and wife Margie, Bob, Lyle, Cecil and Warren, Sisters: Ellen Roadifer, Patricia Hill and sister-in-law Donna Cundy.
Katie was always learning and teaching. She understood how an early learning experience could positively set a child up for success in all future learning. We honor Katie's wishes please make your checks to Weston County Children's Center these funds will provide scholarships for families who cannot afford to send their young children to preschool. Checks can be mailed to Weston County Children's Center 104 Stampede Newcastle, WY or dropped for deposit at Pinnacle Bank in Newcastle or Moorcroft WY. Please write for Kudlock Memorial in the memo of your check. Wouldn't it be great if we could send at least 2 children to preschool for a year, this would mean we would need to raise $2400.
Greenwood Cemetery (Newcastle)
570 S. Spokane Ave.
Newcastle, WY, 82701
MAY 28. 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Weston County Senior Services Center
627 Pine Street
Newcastle, WY, US, 82701