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William O. Nudd, 77, World War II veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and a breeder of prize-winning Yorkshire hogs, died Friday (Aug. 21, 1998) of an apparent heart attack at his residence in Brant.

Born in Brocton, he was a graduate of Brocton High School. He attended Cornell University, where he received a two-year certificate in agriculture.

He was an infantry staff sergeant in the 84th Division on Christmas Day in 1944 when the division became engaged in the Battle of the Bulge. He later received a Purple Heart after he was wounded by a sniper as his unit advanced into Germany.

Nudd worked as a material handling supervisor at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Blasdell for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 1980.

He was well known throughout the area for his prize-winning hogs and exhibits at the Chautauqua County and Erie County fairs and the State Fair in Syracuse. During his lifetime, he won every award and ribbon available at the fairs. He had been listed for three years on the Erie County Honor Roll and took pride in holding a "VIP" pass. He had retired from showing hogs but exhibited six sheep at this year's Erie County Fair.

Survivors include his wife, the former Virginia Fuller; a daughter, Dorothy Conner of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son, David of Lancaster, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

Nudd was a trustee and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Evans, 985 Church Road, Angola, where services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Stockton, Chautauqua County.


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