Brian Jay Wudke

December 27, 1967May 10, 2019

WUDKE, Brian Jay, age 51, of Miamisburg, passed away Friday May 10, 2019 at his residence after he courageously fought his battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert Wudke. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Gretchen (Van Den Einde); children Haley and Dylan; mother Carole; brothers Michael (Jeanine), Erich (Suzanne); nephews Andrew, Ben, and Brandon; and nieces Morgan, Hannah, and Skylar. Brian graduated from Fairmont High School in 1986 and from the University of Cincinnati in 1992 with a degree in Construction Management. He worked for Valley Interiors Systems for 17 years and was an active member of Epiphany Lutheran Church. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL. Funeral service 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45459. Pastors Charlie Woodward and Tracy Pashke-Johannes officiating. Burial Bellbrook Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Epiphany Lutheran Church or Hospice of Dayton. Condolences may be sent to


  • Epiphany Lutheran Church
  • Hospice of Dayton


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 16, 2019


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Jeff and Sherri Schaner

May 14, 2019

Gretchen, we have been thinking of you and your family every day! We are praying for you all to be comforted through the name of Jesus. Grateful to know that Brian is with the Lord and out of discomfort. Love to you all.

Monte Meyer

May 13, 2019

Whenever I had a bad day. I could always go into Brian’s office and vent. He would listen. We would both complain. One of us would crack a joke, and it was ok. Brian is one of the fiercest competitors I know.
He never wanted to lose at anything!
Ask anyone who knows him!!! He helped me to be patient with contractors and focus on the bigger picture. He is respected and missed deeply.

Mike Drury

May 13, 2019

I have so many memories of my friend. My earliest is when Haley and my daughter Annie played volleyball together and their team struggled. I used the tried and true” they are what they are” he came back with” they ain’t what they ain’t “. My family is blessed. We are more blessed to have the Wudke family in our life. We love ya!!!

Kathy Drury

May 13, 2019

Brian was one of the nicest people I know. And the most competitive. One of my favorite stories of Brian is when we were at a euchre party and Brian was my partner when I made a totally bonehead euchre play. Instantly you could see the battle between the nice Brian and the competitive Brian. Which Brian won? Let’s just say that, as nicely as possible, he let me know what he thought of my play. Love you Bri and will miss you like crazy.

David Minch

May 12, 2019

Enjoyed the brotherhood we had together at church and on the softball field. Hope to see you in heaven one day.. My prayers are with Gretchen and the kids and the rest of your family.

Michael Wudke

May 12, 2019

Brian, Erich, and I also took trips to major golf events throughout the years. Rush was not our only passion. Golf was a huge part of our life growing up and with our father we made the perfect, and competitive, foursome. Last year, the three of us took one final trip of a lifetime together when we departed by boat, one windy morning in June, from Monmouth Beach, NJ to Lido Beach, NY on Long Island. We played 18 holes of golf on the infamous Bethpage Black course at Bethpage State Park. They even had the course set up that week for the PGA Championship that begins this upcoming week. My future brother-in-law Paul Zinser joined us for the round. This picture is from after that round. After golf a good friend of Jeanine and mine, Rich Palacios, joined us on board to assist us in moving the boat from the Jones Beach Inlet all the way out to Shinnecock, where we docked for two nights and walked the grounds on Saturday at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. While it was the last trip we would take together, it certainly will be one of our most memorable. Love and miss you, Brian, Brother, Best-Friend.