Horseshoe Bend residents are mourning the loss of former mayor Charles R. "Bud" Mowder who died May 11 in Havana, Ill., from natural causes.
"He was great to work with," said Horseshoe Bend Recorder/Treasurer Sally Prohl. "He had Horseshoe Bend in his heart."
Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Spear echoed Prohl's sentiments."He was a good guy and a personal friend," Spear said. "I've been mayor for seven years and I know how hard Bud had to work at this job."
Mowder, who was 80 years old at the time of his death, served as mayor in Horseshoe Bend from 1987 to 1999.
The Horseshoe Bend public works building, the fire department and several pieces of city road equipment were purchased during Mowder's tenure, Prohl said.
She said these projects were financed in part by a $500,000 settlement that was given to the city from bankruptcy court in the mid-1980s.
The settlement stemmed from the bankruptcy of Horseshoe Bend Development Company, the company that developed Horseshoe Bend.
Horseshoe Bend Development Company owned and operated the city's water department until the city took over its operations in 1981.
Prohl, who worked with Mowder from 1990 until his retirement, said the water department was in deep debt and Mowder was instrumental in persuading the bankruptcy court to give the city of Horseshoe Bend settlement money.
She said that he had a good relationship with the city's employees and the city council.
"There are some people who aren't going to agree with some of your decisions as the executive," Prohl said. "And there was a political faction in town that opposed him. It's just a part of politics."
Services for Mowder were held May 17 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Havana. It was followed by a graveside service at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Havana.
Mowder was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Strube, who died in 1992.
He is survived by Kathleen, his second wife; three sons William (Judy) Mowder of Horseshoe Bend, Charles (Pam) Mowder of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Joseph (Kris) Mowder of Bartonville, Ill.; one stepson, Dennis (Kris) Skaggs of Havana, Ill.; three daughters, Cecelia Wagner of Colorado Springs, Colo., Betsy (Steve) Tammeus of Highland, Colo., and Kathleen (Bob) Davis of Horseshoe Bend; two stepdaughters, Terry (Marshall) Markley of Havana, Ill., and Wendy (Leonard) Barnard of Canton, Ill.; one sister, Virginia (Bob) Long of Springfield, Ill.; 25 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.