Delbert H. Dudley
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First United
Presbyterian Church, Clinton, Iowa, for Delbert H. Dudley, 82,
of Clinton, who died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at Alverno Health
A Masonic Rose Croix will begin the services at church. The Rev.
Connie Peake will officiate. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today
at Lemke Funeral Homes North Chapel, Clinton. Memorials may be
made to the church, Trees Forever, Clinton Art Association,
Clinton County Historical Society or the Master Gardeners of
Clinton County, of which he was a member. Burial will be
10 a.m. Friday in Old Baptist Cemetery in Emmerson City, Ill.,
south of Waltonville, Ill. The Newell Funeral Home of Mount Vernon,
Ill., will be in charge of the out-of-state cemetery services.
Delbert Harry Dudley was born March 14, 1921, in Mount Vernon, to
James F. and Maude A. (Grant) Dudley. He was a graduate of Mount
Vernon High School in 1938, and he worked for the Illinois National
Park Service. He came to Clinton with DuPont. He attended Scovill
Business College and then joined the Naval Air V5 program at Coe
College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and also attended classes at the
University of Iowa in aero dynamics and hydraulic engineering.
He later was transferred to the joined the Naval Air Academy
in Pensacola, Fla., from which he graduated as a Marine Air Corps
Naval Aviator, bombardier. He was transferred to Cherry Point and
was a navigator and pilot. He spent his war years in the South Pacific
until the surrender of Japan. After that, he flew for Chang Cai Chek
for three years. He retired for the Marine Air Corps as lieutenant major.
He returned to Clinton in 1948 and worked for the Chevrolet, Cadillac
dealer until 1950. He married Marie Elizabeth Brumer on Sept. 3, 1950,
in Jacksonville, Ill., at the Chapel of McMurray College for Women.
She survives him. He then attended the Horological College of Bradley
University, Peoria, Ill., and then graduated from Gemological Institution
of Santa Monica, Calif. He and his wife Marie bought the fourth generation
Brumer Jewelry Store, which they owned and managed for 40 years as Brumer
Dudley Jewelers. He was a registered jeweler and gemologist and they
retired on Oct. 2, 1995. He was a 32 degree Mason and 50-year member of
the Clinton Masonic Lodge Western Star No. 100 Scottish Rites Bodies and
Lyons Masonic Lodge No. 93. He was a member of the Kaaba Shrine Temple in
Davenport and musical director of the Clinton Shrine Oriental band for
many years. He was very active in the Clinton Community and promoted
Clinton and surrounding areas. He was a business manager of the Clinton
Symphony Orchestra and played oboe in the orchestra. He was a member of
the Clinton Community Band, YMCA, a 50-year member of the United Community
Travelers, Downtown Business Association, active in the Main Street
Project and the Clinton Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, Marie; a son, David Dudley, and his wife, Rita,
of Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter, Denise Dudley, and her late husband, Gerald
"Jerry" Brown, of Santa Margarita, Calif.; two grandchildren, Grand Dudley
Brown and Seth Hunter Brown, of Santa Margarita; two brothers, William Leonard
Dudley, and his wife, Wilma, of Loves Park, Ill., and Walter Russell Dudley,
and his wife, Flo, of Bonnie, Ill.; several nieces and nephews; and a cousin,
Mary Claire Behr, of Clinton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters, Alice, Irvan,
Nina, James, Gladys, Joyce and Harold, and his son-in-law, Jerry Brown.
Source: Quad-City Times, Davenport, IA,
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman