Raymond Leroy Dudden, age 94, passed away on June 21, 2018 from complications of a stroke in Edinburg, Texas where he has resided for the past two years.
Raymond was born July 12, 1924 in Venango, Nebraska, to the late Barney and Belle Dudden.
He is preceded in death by his brothers, Garrett B. Dudden and Orville J. Dudden; his sisters, Alis Bellairs and Berdena Sattler; wives Patricia Hubbard Dudden (2002) and wife Marilyn Darlington (Van Demon) Dudden (1962); and his two sons, Cary M. Dudden (1975) and Fredrick I. Dudden (2012).
He is survived by his sister, Christine Rosenbach; most of his 15 nieces and nephews and their many children; three grandchildren, Laura M. Dudden, her son Julian, of Golden, Colorado; Philip (Casey) Dudden, their two children, Skyla and River, of Northglen, Colorado; and Amber Dudden and her three children; and his sons’ wives, Rosalind Farnam Dudden, Pat Allburn Dudden, and Tony Dudden Schwartz.
Raymond served in World War II first as a Merchant Marine and then as a member of the Army of Occupation in Japan and China. He was a proud veteran and participated in VFW events.
Raymond lived in the Denver area from the ‘60s while farming in the summer in Nebraska and supervising harvest crews on the Great Plains. From the 1970s, he farmed in the Champion and Imperial areas of Nebraska.
In 2002, he moved to Texas while still going to Nebraska to work on his nephews’ farms in the Venango area in the summer. He was valued part of a large family that kept in touch in the Venango area with family celebrations.
A memorial for Raymond will be held sometime in the future, most likely on Memorial Day in Venango.