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David de Souza Guedes

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

MORRISON – David de Souza Guedes, 73, of Morrison, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Pleasant View Rehabilitation & Health Care Facility in Morrison, after suffering a stroke on Aug. 20, 2013. 

Dave was born Feb. 15, 1940, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Oseas and Dolores de Souza Guedes. He immigrated to the United States in 1960 with his wife, Ursula (Bodemer) de Souza Guedes. They settled in Fulton and had three daughters. Ursula died in 1965. Dave married Veda Miller, and they had a son and a daughter. On June 19, 1981, he married Sally Colberg, whom he met at General Electric in Morrison, and made his home with until his death.

Dave came to this country as a watchmaker and worked for Larry’s Jewelry Store in Fulton from 1961 to 1963. He then learned tool and die making skills at Drive’s Inc. in Fulton, where he worked from 1964 to 1976. He and others in Fulton invented an automatic sandbagging machine during the flood of 1965. He continued as a tool and die maker at General Electric, where he worked from 1976 until he retired in 2000. With his extensive knowledge of automation, he won several GE Suggestion Awards for his contributions to his departments.

He is survived by his wife, Sally de Souza Guedes; four daughters, Dolores de Souza Guedes, Dorothy (Tom Weber) de Souza Guedes, Ruth de Souza Guedes, and Dinah (Michael) Van Hoose; one son, David (Tracey) de Souza Guedes; a stepdaughter, Marci (Tim) McGee; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

It was Dave’s wish that no visitation or funeral be held and that cremation rites be accorded. A graveside service of family and friends will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling, with the Rev. Patrick Pinion officiating.

Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.

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