Eugene Dudley

01/11/1935 — 11/01/2018

From Richland, WA | Born in Dayton, WA

Eugene Dudley


“Gene Dudley surprised himself and others by dying today."  That's how Gene always joked he wanted his obituary to begin, which shows he had a sense of humor.  This much-beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on November 1 following a stroke.

Gene was born January 11, 1935, in Dayton, Washington. Raised in poverty, Gene worked a paper route, harvest, and at the Creamery to help support the family. He attended Central Washington University, and married Rita Rae Rogers in 1957. They settled in Richland, Washington.

Gene was a teacher, school counselor, and coach.  Because of his exuberant personality there was nowhere he could go in the world (literally) where he didn’t run into someone he knew. He and Rita were longtime members at Westside Church, and Gene was also involved in Kiwanis. He tutored, mentored, helped prisoners get their GEDs, and other volunteer activities too numerous to list.  He changed countless lives and will be missed by many, of all ages.  Gene is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rita, three children, and ten grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held on November 15 at 11:00 am at Westside church in Richland.

 


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  • I was lucky enough to have Mr. Dudley as a teacher at Marcus Whitman and at Carmichael. His ability to communicate and explain things in a way that I would understand made him the best Educator I’ve ever met. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

    Steve Palmer
    November 16, 2018
    Richland
  • I was lucky enough to have Mr. Dudley as a teacher at Marcus Whitman and at Carmichael. His ability to communicate and explain things in a way that I would understand made him the best Educator I’ve ever met. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

    Steve Palmer
    November 16, 2018
    Richland
  • He was a great guy and always there when you needed him, very fond memories of the times he was my teacher.

    David F Sheeley
    November 21, 2018
    Omak
  • Our deepest sympathies to the Dudley family following the loss of Gene. God bless.

    Pat and Tani Keef
    November 12, 2018
    Kennewick
  • My Condolences for your loss !

    Lloyd Campbell
    November 11, 2018
    Kennewick
  • My heart goes out to Rita and the family. He certainly was so special in Brian’s and my life. He was godfather to our younger daughter. May God bring His comfort to the family and Gene’s friends as they remember Gene.

    Diane Howard
    November 10, 2018
    Seattle, WA
  • Wow, such a friend he will be greatly missed.

    Dale Brunson
    November 9, 2018
    Richland, Washington
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