RACINE — Bobby J. "Shake" Dudding, 78, of Racine, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, at Holzer Hospital Hospice Suite in Gallipolis, while in the company of his loving wife Hazel as he was called home to be with his Heavenly Father.
He was born in Raymond City, W.Va., on Jan. 29, 1936, to the late John Campbell and Ida Marie Pringle Dudding. His family relocated and settled in Middleport when he was 2 years old. Here, he excelled in multiple sports and earned the nickname he was affectionately known by as "Shake."
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and, following a 27-year career culminating in his retirement from active duty in 1980, he settled in Racine. He was a Korean War and Vietnam War veteran and also helped recover the nose cone of the Gemni space capsule, which is on display at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Museum in Dayton. After retirement from the Air Force, Bobby was an oil distributor driver for Swisher's Ashland Oil and also a school bus driver for Southern Local Schools. He also was a former assistant football coach and golf coach at Southern High School.
While stationed at Lockbourne Air Force Base in Columbus, he met the love of his life, Hazel Yvonne Stobart. On Nov. 22, 1958, the two were married at Antiquity Baptist Church in Antiquity, Ohio, and began their 55-year journey together. He was a member of the Tupper's Pains Hickory Hills Church of Christ, where he taught Sunday School and was a preacher of the Gospel.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and they were blessed with three children, Brian, Troy and Leslee; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers Gene, John and Roger; sisters Doris and Cheetah; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Ruby and Nan; and granddaughter Linzi.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the Cremeens Funeral Home in Racine, with Minister Mike Moore officiating. Interment will follow at the Letart Falls Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Middleport American Legion Fenney-Bennet Post #128.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Holzer Hospice, 100 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis OH 45631.
Expressions of sympathy may sent to the family by visiting www.cremeensfuneralhomes.com.