Dr. Joseph Paul Mudd

January 23, 1925May 17, 2013

Dr. Joseph P. Mudd died on May, 17, 2013 surrounded by his family at the age of 88.

Memorial Reception and celebration of his life will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 6th at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, 2778 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN 47150. A scripture service will be held at 7:30 p.m. The immediate family will have a private family burial the following day.

Dr. Joseph P. Mudd was a family physician over a period of 56 years in Clarksville, Indiana to his Indiana/Kentucky patients. Dr. Joseph Mudd was the son of Dr. Edward D. Mudd and Estelle A. Howard, born January 23, 1925 at Springfield, Ky., the tenth of eleven children all of which are deceased. He grew up in New Haven, Kentucky where his father practiced medicine for more than 60 years. It was at this home that he attended St. Catherine Catholic School. He completed high school in 1943 at St. Joseph Prep in Bardstown, Kentucky. He then served in the United States Army until 1946, distinguishing himself during combat operations in France, and Germany as a Staff Sergeant in the 100th Division, 397th Infantry. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery in the battle for Heilbronn, Germany in April of 1945. He returned from the war in March 1946 and enrolled in the University of Louisville where he stayed until 1954 graduating with an M.D. following in his father and brother's footsteps. He did his internship at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton, OH. Dr. Mudd began his medical practice in Clarksville, Indiana in 1955 and gave 56 years of service to the people of that area. Dr. Mudd was married May 20, 1950 to "Trudy" Riney, of Owensboro, Kentucky. To this union were born five daughters and one son. Mrs. Mudd died March 27, 2012 nearing their 62nd wedding anniversary. Dr. Mudd was among the last of a passing institution, the independent family doctor. He was a philosopher as well as a physician with a dry sense of humor and strong beliefs, which he did not hesitate to voice. Dr. Mudd loved to dance with his wife Trudy, fly airplanes, plant his vegetable garden and grow his prized tomatoes, hunt, ski and tinker around in his garage and yard. He was most passionate about boating, fishing, his medical practice and his patients. His family’s most memorable moments were fishing and boating on family vacations, his campfire cooking over the glowing coals of an outdoor fire, Memorial Day parades and the famous July 4th goldfish swim in the family pool.

Surviving children, Ms. Janet Mudd, Palm Beach, FL; Ms Deborah Tuggle, Louisville, KY; Ms Jolene Barton, Loveland, OH; Mr Paul Mudd, Charlestown, IN; Dr Ann Mudd DMD, Louisville, KY; Ms Leslie Mudd, New Albany, IN; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: Hosparus Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr., Louisville, KY 40205 for their care of Dr. Mudd or to Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Kentucky Southern Indiana, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205 in honor of Trudy Mudd.


  • Memorial Reception Thursday, June 6, 2013
  • Scripture Service Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dr. Joseph Paul Mudd

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Jeannie Chiles

December 8, 2013

I just found out recently that Dr. Mudd had passed away. I was his second patient when he started his practice. I was 4 years old at the time and I am 60 now. He use to make house calls when I was little and just on a funny note my duck bit him once when he came to our door to treat me with a severe case of chicken pox. He told my mom that the duck had to go or he would not come back...but he did come back and the duck was still there, but never bit him again. I continued to go to Dr. Mudd until I was 40 at which time I moved to Kentucky. He was a legend and a wonderful doctor. I am so sorry for the families loss.

Jeannie Chiles

June 12, 2013

Elaine Gleason

June 10, 2013

Loving thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

Monique Reed

June 7, 2013

Dr.Mudd, I was so blessed to have been able to work with you for so many years. You taught me so much and made me who I am today by all the knowledge you had shared with me. We had so many laughs with one another and I loved to just sit down and listen to your stories some funny and others very sad.JP I will truly miss you and will never forget how blessed I was to call you my boss let alone my friend.

Mark Cheshire

June 6, 2013

Uncle Joe was very special and I experienced his kindness first hand when returning from a weekend in Owensboro for the Boat Races on the river and then our two year old had a bad sunburn. We stopped at Dr. Joe's office and he stopped what he was busy with took excellent care of Mark almost 40 years ago I still deeply appreciate what he did for us.


June 6, 2013

Evelyn Sindelar

June 5, 2013

Uncle Joe, you were special to so many people in so many ways. You will always
be remembered for your grit and outspokenness yet always seasoned with kindness toward folks needing healing. I will miss your smile and the way you would clear your throat before you would give someone some of your sage advice! RIP.
My condolences to my cousins

Gail Payton

May 27, 2013

So sorry to hear this news. Dr. Mudd delivered both of my children and took care of them till they got old enough to choose their own Dr.s. He took care of me 40 years. From day one till the last day I saw him, he never changed. And someone here wrote that he said what he meant, and he did. I could always tell if he was displeased as he had a way of looking at you over his glasses and never even had to say a word at times. I once told him he had to live and practice at least until I died. I am so sorry for your loss. And for ours as well.

Claire Whelan Yarber

May 22, 2013

My sympathy to all the Mudd family. Dr. Mudd's father delivered 12 of 13 children at home of Alice Whelan Howardstown, KY. My husband and I both saw Dr. Joe Paul Mudd in Clarksville several times in the mid 50"s when Dr. Willner wasn't available. We lived in Jeffersonville.

Jackie Hoskins

May 21, 2013

My sincerest sypathies to the Mudd family. I was fortunate enough to know both Trudy an Dr Mudd and what wonderful people! Prayers are with the family