RICHARD DUDLEY

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July 20, 1935 - September 28, 2012 McALESTER Richard "Dick" Franklin Dudley, Jr., 77, McAlester community leader, influential civil engineer, accomplished runner, and lifelong OU-fan, died peacefully at his home on Friday morning. The cause was kidney cancer.Born July 20, 1935, in Hollis, Oklahoma, to Lady and Richard Dudley Sr., Dick Dudley, Jr. graduated from Hollis High School as senior class president in 1953. His talent for running was rewarded with a track scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, where he became co-captain of the OU Track Team and set several state records.While still in college, Dick also served in the Air Force ROTC. OU ignited at least three of his lifelong loves: for engineering; for OU sports; and for the girl next door, Grace. On June 6, 1959, Dick and Grace married at University Methodist Church in Tulsa.The newlyweds moved coast-to-coast as Dick continued to serve our nation with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Service on three different ships as Lieutenant (Junior Grade). In 1970, Dick moved to McAlester along with his wife and their four children, as well the skills that have had a far-reaching impact not only on infrastructure but also upon the careers of many younger engineers. In 1983, Dick launched his own firm, Dudley & Associates, P.C., which grew steadily over the next 30 years with projects for communities, the private sector, and water-and-sewer districts throughout Oklahoma. By the 1990s, he was also a long-term consultant for projects in Virginia and Georgia. Dick had a talent for not only seeing opportunities, but making them. For instance, he obtained funding for dozens of Oklahoma towns, which garnered lasting friendships and loyal clients.Over the course of his last 42 years, Dick generously donated his professional services to his church, Grand Avenue United Methodist (now First Methodist Church). He also served as President of numerous organizations, including McAlester Economic Development Services (MEDS), the McAlester Foundation (Industrial Development), and many others. In addition to being an active member and former Study Leader of Community Bible Study, he was a member of Rotary, the McAlester Chamber of Commerce, a Scoutmaster, and more. Dick brought genuine warmth, laughter, and joy to all who knew him. He truly distinguished himself as a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, great friend, businessman, runner, avid reader, and proud member of his community. In all of these roles, he exemplified his Christian beliefs and integrity. May his legacy continue to inspire all of us in the years ahead.Mr. Dudley is survived by Grace Dudley, his wife of 53 years; children: David Dudley, of Sacramento, CA; Jeff Dudley, of San Francisco, CA; Susan Dudley-Spring, of Bixby, OK; and Steve Dudley, of New York, NY; grandchildren: Hannah and Nathan; daughter-in-law, Connie, and son-in-law, Joe Spring. He is also survived by: Lou Ann and Ben A. Brown (his sister and brother-in-law), of Cary, NC; Bill and Nancy Dudley (his brother and sister-in-law), of Georgetown, TX; Andy Allen, of Tulsa, OK (brother-in-law); and many nieces and nephews.ALL SERVICES IN McALESTER: Visitation : Tuesday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Bishop Funeral Home, 110 S. 3rd Street Memorial Service : Wednesday, 2 p.m. First United Methodist Church, Carl Albert Parkway at 3rd Street Burial : Thursday, 11 a.m. Oak Hill Cemetery, 13th & WashingtonMemorial donations may be made to: Hospice of McAlester, 801 E Wyandotte, McAlester, OK 74501 (Tel: 918-423-3911); and/or McAlester Regional Literacy Council, 401 N 2nd St, McAlester, OK 74501 (Tel: 918-421-4931); and/or New Sanctuary Fund for First United Methodist Church, 1501 S 13th St, McAlester, OK 74501 (Tel: 918-423-6136).

Published in The Oklahoman on Oct. 2, 2012
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