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Friends and family remember man killed in interstate motorcycle wreck

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

DU QUOIN, IL - (KFVS) - Family and friends of 48-year-old Dudley Van Zandt of Du Quoin are remembering the good times they had together.

Van Zandt lost his life in a crash on Interstate 57 Saturday morning. He was riding with a group of friends when one of the bikes lost control and crashed into another rider. The collision caused a chain reaction, which injured two other riders in the group.

"He was always clowning around, he was a jokester. He always enjoyed making you laugh," said Scott Morgan.

He and Van Zandt were friend since they were four years old.

"He was a great friend, a good husband, a good father and brother. And he's going to be missed by everybody."

Morgan says Van Zandt loved to ride his motorcycle. And that he'd been riding motorcycles since he was a young boy.

"He was a member of the Shriners and a Mason. He did charity work ad toy runs for the motorcycle club, just anything he could to help other people. He'd step up first in line to help you," Morgan said.

And now Morgan is holding onto the memories he and Van Zandt have made over the past 45 years they've been friends.

"I will never forget him. A lot of memories. We grew up together, went to school together, played ball together, and raised our kids together. He is going to be missed."

Funeral services for Dudley Van Zandt will be held on Wednesday July 21st at the Elkville Christian Church. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and funeral services will follow at 1 p.m., with burial services at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro. 

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