Founder of Joplin’s “Dude’s Donuts” passes away

JOPLIN, Mo. – The owner of a Joplin landmark has died.

Durard “Dude” Pendergraft, the owner of Joplin’s Dude’s Donuts died following what his family described as a “brief illness.” His family says not only will he be remembered as a mainstay of Joplin’s business community but also as a man of faith.

“He had a very strict moral code that he lived by and his faith in God,” said his son Allen Pendergraft. “I would say that is probably that is the most important thing that he has pasted on to me and my children.”

Pendergraft opened the donut shop in 1954 with his wife Carolyn. It will remain open and will be operated by his son and wife. The shop will be closed Friday and Saturday for Durand Pendergraft’s funeral.