Stevin E. "Hooder" Hudrlik, 65, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away suddenly on October 28, 2020, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A public graveside service and burial celebrating Stevin's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at St. John's Cemetery, Andrew, Iowa.
A public visitation will take place from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, November 2, 2020, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.
Masks are required and it is recommended to practice social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Stevin Edward Hudrlik was born on January 28, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Edward Alan and Rae Ona (Batey) Hudrlik. He was a 1973 graduate of Andrew High School. He married Mary Lou Deppe on June 16, 1979 at St. John's Catholic Church in Andrew, Iowa. Three children were born to this union, Stevie, Denver and Audra.
Steve grew up in a musical family, playing bass guitar with his father and brothers in Big Ed and the Road Runners. He played in several other bands following this, including Russ and the Hooders which was a local favorite.
Steve had worked as an over-the-road semi truck driver and mechanic the majority of his life. He made friends wherever he traveled and always had a good joke to tell. He would always lend a helping hand no matter if you were a neighbor, friend or stranger. If you heard a train horn coming down Highway 61 or through Maquoketa or Andrew, you knew that Hooder was home. As an owner-operator truck driver for Long Haul Trucking since 1995, he loved driving Peterbilt's and was proud to fly the American flag and sing the National Anthem. He tried a go at Stock Car racing, but with only one feature win at the Jackson County Speedway, he knew NASCAR would not be his calling! More recently, he joined the Coronado Car Club and liked showing off his 1979 Lincoln. Steve also enjoyed playing Scrabble, coffee with the boys, and spending time with his family and friends.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary Lou Hudrlik of Andrew, IA; children, Stevie (Jeremy) Veach of Bellevue, IA, Denver (Brook) Hudrlik of Maquoketa, IA, and Audra (Brett) Kilburg of Pagosa Springs, CO; 4 grandchildren, Landon, Rowan, Chase and Owen; sisters, Rue Lain (Ron) Storlie of Davenport, IA and Deona (Tom) Casel of Andrew, IA; and brothers, Kevin Hudrlik of Maquoketa, IA, and Marty (Mary) Hudrlik of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made in Stevin's honor to the Andrew First Responders.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
"Sending thoughts and prayers to all family, friends and anyone that had to honor of meeting Hooder. I have so many memories of growing up playing at his house. One of my favorites is all the times he had to carry me down from the tree house because I could get up but was too scared to come down. He was one of the best."
"To one old truck driver from an other. God is going to learn a new meaning of a train horn.
Rest in peace. "
"Rue Lain and the entire Hudrlik family, I am so sorry for your loss! You may not remember me, however I filled in for Steve when he was on the road a few times and played bass with your dad\'s band. I never really knew Steve however I did make the 4th of July fireworks at the farm a couple of times back in the 80\'s I believe."
"i first met Steve Marty and Kevin when i played in the band with his dad big Ed and the road runners,,,, Many fun times i will never forget .....after that our paths didn\'t cross that often but when they did Steve always had a friendly hello and we had a nice conversation .....i great guy i always enjoyed seeing ,,,, if not for truckers this country would be in sad shape ,,,,, my condolences to Mary Lou and the rest of the family "
"So sorry to hear this, we have some great memories of Hooter , he was sure a fun loving guy, who always made sure everyone had a good time. Rip bud"
"Bob & I will never forget the class reunion @ the Eagles with Steve. So much fun, & loved hearing his stories! He always had jokes, & never a bad word about someone. My deepest sympathies to all family. You\'re in our thoughts & prayers...love to you all.."
"Memories--Neighborhood 4th. of July at Ed and Rae Ona\'s! Fire-works, great food, an RC airplane in a tree!! Hooder was the life of the evening and we all loved every minute of these times! Our hearts are with Mary Lou and family, he will be missed but may all the good memories live on!! The Lord be with you all."
"We live in Elizabeth Illinois. When our kids were small and Hooder was going to be coming through town, he would call us and we would go to the corner and wait for the blast of those train horns!! We all loved it even the local police, after I told the chief he was a very good friend. I\'ve known Hooder for over 30 years. We talked a few times a year and we would meet on the road often. We\'ll miss him ."
"To Mary Lou, Ron and Rue, Kevin and All of Steve\'s family and friends, there are no words to express the deep sorrow that goes along with a sudden death of a loved one...so special, so dear.
We want you to know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Death is a heartache that no one can heal, yet memories are treasures that no one can steal. Steve will live on and around you, and whenever you think about him, or share those memories, even through tears... I pray you find peace and a smile"
"Life goes on and so will Steve through you and yours I am sorry for your loss Mary Lou; you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
I know that this post will surprise you when ;you read it. Just the other day I related a memory regarding you and Steve and our days in Iowa City/Coralville. Take care and stay safe until our paths cross again.
"Sorry to hear about Hooter. He was one of a kind!!! Thoughts and prayers to all his family. Mary and Gary"
"I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Steve\'s passing. All of my memories of Steve are of that twinkle in his eye and that ornery smirk, especially when he and Ken were together. My deepest sympathies to Mary Lou and the whole family. "
"It\'s been awhile since I have visited Andrew, and looking at Steve\'s picture I thought I was looking at Big Ed. It seems the older we get the more we look like our parents. I have very fond memories of Steve and his humor and antics in the 70s and 80s before I moved away. I know you will miss him dearly Mary Lou, as will his family, whom I haven\'t seen in too many years. "
"So sorry Mary Lou for the loss of your husband...our deepest sympathy to you and your family."
"So very sorry for you loss. Hooder was one of a kind, he would make friends with anyone he met. I enjoyed meeting him at Longhaul and we all knew he was in the area. Great guy. RIP Steve. "
"So sad to lose an Andrew Community icon BUT can envision - as the gates of heaven opened - the past Andrew residents (family) heard the sound of his semi blaring - they are all celebrating his arrival! "
"Sending prayers your way. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to
participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in
our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared
"Mary Lou and family so sorry for your loss may he RIP"
"Receive my condolences, all thoughts and prayers are with \"Hooder\'s\" family, friends, loved ones. "
"Thoughts and prayers to the family. Hooder was a fun and energetic person. ?"
"Thoughts and prayers for the whole family, Rest in peace Steve."
"Mary Lou & Family Our condolences to you and family for Steve, his personality would put
a smile on anyone around him, liven up the party! Thoughts and Prayers are with you all!"
"Steve always had a joke to tell Jim when they happened to get together, many times while playing cards. You never left his presence without a laugh. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. "
"I\'m very sorry for your loss and send my deepest condolences. Although I didn\'t know Hooder personally, he brought a lot of joy to our family and my mom. After my dad passed away, he made sure to blow his whistle every time he passed by my parent\'s house on Hwy 62. My mom looked forward to his \"hellos\" and we will all miss his kind gesture. "
"We were very sad to hear of this. Jay was a very close friend of his & Hooder would always try to stop when he was in the NW. He (and I) have many fun & fond memories of him. He will surely be missed, The Erickson\'s"
"So sorry to hear heartfelt condolences for Steve??s family and friends."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. He was a character and will be missed by many. May Gods peace surround you today and always. ?? The Ganzer?s (Mitchell Lauren Sam and Joey)"
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you MaryLou and family."
"RIP Steve, I will NEVER forget how you always had a kind word to say to me. You were ALWAYS there for me when I needed to smile. I will ALWAYS miss you my friend. RIP!!!"
"Prayers for all the family Steve was an awesome person"
"We weren\'t the best of what we did, but I can say the years I played with Steve and Marty were some of the best of my life....take it easy, Hooder....and prayers and hugs to the family."
"Your family has our deepest sympathy, I remember sharing the weekends many years ago with Big Ed and the Roadrunners. Always good music and a fun time.
\"Hooder\" had a wonderful sense of humor and will be sadly missed, "
"So sorry to hear this. God bless you Lou, Stevie, Denver, and Audra. He was always so kind and fun-loving.
Karol (Peters) and Gary Fike and family. "
"Exceptionally fine person. Sympathy and prayers. Rhonda and Alan Pape"
"IM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS "
"Enjoyed working with Hooder at Ruan/Milligan Brothers and seeing him around Andrew. We will always remember his fireworks on the 4th of July and his support to the Military.
He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
Prayers are with his family"
"U have our deepest sympathy and prayers to all the families for your loss "
"our thoughts and prayers for all of the Hudrlik family in this difficult time.with heavy hearts.rest in peace hooder. jerry&jillane renner"
"I knew Hooder for several years! Went to dinner in WV with him drank gold schlager with him in Minn! He was a class act! "
"Just wanted to extend to all the Hudrlik family my sympathy Steve was one of a kind a great class mate putting on class reunions for us the tractor rides and just being a great host he will be missed RIP Steve ???"
"Rest in peace brother Hooder. ?"
"Im So sorry Mary Lou and family for your loss. Steve was a great guy. May he RIP. "
"We are so incredibly sorry for the sudden loss of Hooder. Growing up Chad has so many fond memories of his favorite next door neighbor who\'s crazy antics and love radiated from his glowing personality at all times. There was, and never will be, another like him in this World, and for that we are all better to have known him during his time on Earth. No doubt in my mind that Heaven just got a lot more fun! Warm thoughts and many prayers to you Mary Lou, Stevie, Denver, Audra and all of his extended family. "