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John "Dudley" Safford Obituary
Safford, John "Dudley'

John "Dudley" Safford, 89, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013, at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Born in Danville, Ill., he graduated from East HS Green Bay, Wis. and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin and was a WWII U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran. He moved from Green Bay to Ft Wayne in 1966, where he lived until 1994, when he moved to Ft. Myers, Fla., for 13 years. Dudley moved back to Ft. Wayne in 2007, to be close to his family. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and season ticket holder for many years and reader of the "Packer Backer" fan letter. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling. Dudley retired in 1986, as a Senior Medical Representative with Wallace Laboratories as part of a 30 year career in pharmaceutical sales He was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church and was a former member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Elks Lodge of Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Surviving are his son, Steven (Laurel) Safford, Fort Wayne, Ind.; daughters, Cynthia (Douglas) Kirk, Alpharetta, Ga.; Sally (Randy) Gephart, Abingdon, Va.; Lisa (Harry) Yarian, Garrett, Ind.; brothers, Gerald (Jean) Safford, Daniel Safford, Green Bay, Wis.; sisters, Teckie Krouth, Suzy (Ken) Vanderloop both of Green Bay, Wis.; Connie Lachapelle, Beaumont, Texas; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Dudley was preceded in death by his parents, John Dudley and Mary F. Safford Sr.; wife, Janet R. Safford; brothers, Clark Safford, Larry Safford; sister, Mary Lou Mohr; brothers-in-law, Jerry Mohr, Jack Krouth; sister-in-law, Jeanne Safford; and a long time companion, Ruth Reinert.

Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m., June 11, 2013, at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church with calling one hour prior and Fr. Mark Gurtner officiating. Calling was at D. O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Monday, June 10, 2013, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., 7 p.m. 9 p.m. Entombment at Catholic Cemetery Ft. Wayne, Ind. Memorials may be made to the Our Lady of Good Hope Building Fund or St. Anne Home and Retirement Community. To sign the online guest book, go to

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on June 12, 2013
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