Family of Sen. Gudex releases statement after his death

Senator Rick Gudex

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) – The family of State Senator Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) has released a statement following his death.

Gudex died Wednesday at the age of 48 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He told WisconsinEye in April that he would not seek a second term and would instead return to a private sector job in manufacturing.

In their statement, Gudex’s family tells Action 2 News that he suffered from depression and that he kept it to himself.

Here is the family’s full statement:

Our family appreciates the concern and support from so many people during this time of grieving Rick’s unexpected passing. He was a beloved member of our family and a thoughtful leader in his community.

We now know Rick was feeling an overwhelming depression and hopelessness that he kept to himself. He is not suffering now, but we miss him terribly. He loved his family. We cherish many wonderful memories.

Rick cared deeply for the people of his district. He loved talking to his constituents. He took pride in improving his community, and the State of Wisconsin. He loved working with Republicans and Democrats alike in the Senate. His legacy in public service is a great honor for our family.

We welcome Rick’s constituents and colleagues to join us for his funeral services on Monday. We ask for privacy from the media as our family celebrates Rick’s life and sadly says goodbye.

We give our sincere thanks to the many people who are helping us during this difficult time.”

A burial ceremony for Gudex will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Church, W1562 Highway B, Eden. He will then be cremated. Visitation will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at the church.
Gudex leaves behind a wife and two children.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or is having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 800-950-6264. NAMI has offices in the Fox Valley and Green Bay.