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William R. Trude - 52

6/19/1966 - 11/12/2018

     William R. “Bill” Trude, age 52 of Clinton, peacefully passed away Monday, November 12, 2018 at his home surrounded by family.  Funeral services will be held at 11: 00 AM on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Pape Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at a later date in Oakland Cemetery.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald Mussmann, David Geltz, Dwayne Hamilton, Michael Kane, Mark Dillie and Clark Rutledge.


     Bill was born in Savanna, IL on June 19, 1966, the son of Harold L. and Viola E. (Dauge) Trude.  He graduated from Fulton High School in 1984 and received an AA degree in both Logistics and Liberal Arts from Eastern Iowa Community College.  He married Karla Shaw Benoit on March 15, 1996 in Clinton.  Bill was a self-employed over the road trucker traveling to every state except Alaska and Hawaii.  He was also an instructor and dispatcher in the trucking industry.  He had been a member of the former New Hope Lutheran Church.  Bill enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren, traveling, NASCAR and cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Bears.


     Bill is survived by his wife, Karla; 5 children, Amber Trude of Clinton, Amanda Trude (Weston Walston) of Chadwick, IL, Bethany (Justin) Babers of Clinton, Anna Trude of Camanche and Jenifer (Dominic) George of Clinton; 7 grandchildren, Kailyn, Braedyn, Madalyn, Gideon, Jocelyn, Dakota and Gwendolyn; his mother, Viola E. Thomas of the Quad Cities and his family for life, Mike Kane, Dave Geltz, Patricia Hansen, Dawn Carr and Ronald Mussmann.  He was preceded in death by his father, his grandparents and a life- long friend, Cory Rutledge.  Online condolences may be left at



4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Pape Funeral Home.


11:00 AM Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Pape Funeral Home.

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