David Larry Dudley

07/11/1928 — 04/26/2012

From West, Richland, WA | Born in Grays Range, Montana

David Larry Dudley

David L. Dudley was born in Grass Range. Montana on July 11, 1928. He was the youngest of two sisters, Rosetta and Violet, and two brothers, Ben and Bob, all of whom have passed.

Dad was an active ranch hand until the family moved to Washington State around 1940. Dad received a Purple Heart for his bravery in Korea as a First Sergeant Tank Commander from 1950-1952. On his way home from Korea, he met our Mom, Ruth. Mom and Dad were married in 1953 and moved to logging country near Trinity Center, CA with his brother Bob and wife Ollie. In 1954, Mom and Dad moved to Tri-Cities and have lived in our family home ever since.

Dad was a life-long member of the Steamfitters Union and worked in the Hanford area throughout his career. Dad, Mom and a great group of friends made the Tri-City Water-ski Club a rich way to grow up. Through their years of combined efforts, Labor Day Tournaments often filled Columbia Park. Dad climbed Flat Top every day until the age of 81.

Dad was preceded in death by our Mom. Dad had many dear friends to whom we are thankful for their many kindnesses. We also appreciate the care of PCM nurses and Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice.

Dad is survived by three children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Einan's Funeral Home on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m.

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  • Your Dad and Mom were wonderful people. Please accept my condolences.

    Natalie Meeks
    November 4, 2014
    simi, valley, CA, US
  • Dear Dudley Family,

    I had the pleasure of caring for your Dad. He was such very nice man. I’m so sorry to hear that he has passed. My deepest sympathy to you all.

    Pam Ehinger LPN with PCM.

    Pam Edinger
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US
  • As I read the obituary for Mr. Dudley, I was truly impressed by the outstanding and full life he lived. Never-the-less, life is still much too short. How thankful we are that our grand Creator, Jehovah plans to restore his original purpose and make it possible for all mankind including our loved ones we have lost in death to live forever under perfect conditions. Matthew 6:10; Job 14:14 & 15. Please accept our condolences as you deal with the loss of Mr. Dudley and contemplate the hope of seeing him once again.

    Elton Family
    November 4, 2014
    NC, US
  • Dennis, Dale and Sandy – Sorry for your loss. I will always remember all of the good times and how your father always treated me like one of his own. I’m blessed to have been a small part of a great life.

    Scott Werry

    Scott Werry
    November 4, 2014
    WA, US
  • Sandra, Dale, Dennis and families, my sincere sympathy to you all with the passing of your dad. Both of your parents were special people to many. Working with your mom in the 70’s & 80’s + our Westinghouse Europe trip Ruth and Cindy..what fun we had. I always appreciated your mom with her sharing about her mom’s condition when my mom began her Alzheimer’s four year journey.

    Now this chapter with your parents is completed. And now like so many of us, we now are the “senior” members of our families.

    My husband Carl and I moved to Bellingham in 2008 to be closer to my sister. We appreciate not having dust in the air when the wind blows!

    You’ve been in our prayers and will continue to be.

    May God bless you as you continue on your journey of life.

    Our love,

    Pastor Carl and Ruthann Hutchins Jensen

    Ruthann Jensen
    November 4, 2014
    Bellingham, WA, US