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Dudley T. Newman

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Dudley T. Newman Obituary
Newman, Dudley T.
passed away on July 17, 2014. Dudley T. Newman, a man as large in love as he was in stature, suddenly stepped aboard "that train bound for Glory" on July 17th in Phoenix, AZ. His unexpected death from heart complications came just days before his 69th birthday on July 23rd. Having preceded him in death, we trust his parents, Raymond and Doris Newman, were waiting to welcome him home. Born in Phoenix in 1945, Dudley graduated from Camelback High in 1963 and studied at Phoenix College and ASU. Through hard work and determination, he turned his fascination with trains into several businesses: Arizona Railroad Co. (with brother, Charles Newman), Saguaro Machinery Co., and Newman Machinery Co. Before he retired, Dudley was known and consulted nationwide for his vast knowledge and brokerage of railroad equipment. He shared his love of trains with his sons, putting a motorcar on rails in the backyard as a play area, with relatives taking long "hayrides on the rails" in northern Arizona, and with family and friends on adventure rides throughout the country in his collection of rail motorcars. Dudley's generosity and kindness touched many. He was a man who acted in love more often than he could express it in worlds. He suffered his share of loss and failure and was finding new ways to replace the ties in relationship rails up until his very last day on earth. Comforting themselves with happy memories in the midst of their grief are his sons, Chad Newman (Becky), of Brighton, CO, Cal Newman (Melissa) of Scottsdale, AZ, his former wife and friend, Jan Pavelda Newman , of Phoenix, and his beloved grandchildren, Hayden, Delaney, Emma, Callie and Jaycie Newman, and Talia McCurry. Goldie, his faithful, constant companion for the last eight years is grieving for Dudley as only a Golden Retriever who adored her Person can. Dudley is also survived by his sister, Kay Rennaker of Lindstrom, Minnesota, Shirley James (Jerry), of Sun City West, AZ, and brother Charles Newman (Bonnie), of Phoenix. A large extended family remember Dudley with much love and gratitude for having made priceless memories together. Whether gathered around the table, house boating on Lake Powell, skiing in Telluride or dancing at the birthday parties and weddings, we loved being together. The last several years found Dudley summering in Greer, AZ, where he made good friends, spending happy time with his grandchildren from Brighton, Colorado and smiling from ear to ear as he welcomed his Scottsdale, AZ twin granddaughters into the clan. He said he felt he was just getting started being able to express his delight and love for his family when it was time for him to get on that train. Since love is eternal, we believe the imprint of his large presence will be with us and celebrated by us as long as we live. Dudley was a grateful member of several Lutheran congregations over the years, most recently worshipping with friends at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Christ Lutheran Church. A celebration of Dudley's life will be held on Thursday, August 7th at 10:30AM at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 3539 East Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253. Please note construction detours on Stanford Dr. Take Lincoln Dr. to Palo Cristi Rd. (go south to Stanford Dr.) Turn right into the south lane of Stanford and then go west until the parking lot. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home. Dudley's ashes will be scattered at a later date near Greer, AZ. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation to honor Dudley's memory, may we suggest you consider Canine Companions for Independence (www.cci.org) or Phoenix Children's Hospital, Pet Therapy Program. Thank you.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Aug. 3 to Aug. 6, 2014
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