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Dudley C. Gray

1931 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Dudley C. Gray Obituary
June 4, 1931 - November 19, 2017 Dudley Gray was born on June 4, 1931 in Centralia, Illinois, to Helen and Cloy Gray. His father died when Dudley was 7. His mother remarried, and the family moved to Los Angeles, California. Dudley attended The Harvard School, (now Harvard-Westlake), then a military institution which he enjoyed very much. He was promoted to one of the top ranks in the military positions of his class. He graduated with honors and entered Pomona College, where he made lifelong friends, and graduated in 1953. After two years at Fort Leonard Wood as a U.S. Army Lieutenant, Dudley explored the possibility of becoming a geologist, but after a few cold nights in the Sierra Nevadas, he decided to further his education and entered Stanford Business School. He earned his MBA in 1959 and then turned to the banking business. He enjoyed most his work as a searcher/recruiter for Presidents for small banks in Southern California. Dudley was an avid and excellent fly-fisherman, a superb Sporting Clays shooter, and a high level Club tennis player. Although he dated many women, a few of whom wanted him to pop the question, in 1990, when he was 59, he became smitten with Joanie Rogers, whom he met through mutual close friends. It was love at second sight, and they were married soon thereafter. Joanie has 3 wonderful grown children, David Rogers and his wife Linda Fritschy, Mary Rhoades and her former husband Jamey Rhoades, and Jamie Rogers and his wife Anne, who loved Dudley very much. Joanie's grandchildren Elizabeth, Christopher and Callie Rhoades, and James and Robert Rogers considered Dudley to be their special Grandfather, ignoring the "step". Their favorite name for him was "Duddles". Joanie and Dudley had an exceptionally loving marriage. They first lived in Snowmass Village, Colorado, where Dudley continued his Sporting Clays skill as well as Tennis, and excellent Skiing form, which Joanie couldn't match, but she could beat him down the slope. They moved to Vero Beach, Florida, where Joanie's sister lived, as they realized that they were getting too old and cold in the Rockies. Dudley pursued his skill at Sporting Clays and made new great friends, shooting well in several State tournaments, and was elected to the U.S. National Sporting Clays Team, along with 4 other participants in his age group. When it was realized that Dudley had Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Joanie's children were a wonderful source in helping them move to The Edgemere in Dallas, where all of the kids, and grandkids, lived. How blessed we were! Dudley died peacefully in his eighty-sixth on November 19, 2017, at Edgemere. Joanie wants to thank the caring staff at Edgemere Memory Care, at Edgemere Skilled Nursing, to the hospice nurses of Hospice Plus, and especially to Ken Pickron, personal caregiver, and Willie Mae Ngene, personal caregiver, for their devotion to her husband. A private gathering of friends will take place in January, 2018.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 24 to Nov. 26, 2017
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