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Ei­nan’s at Sun­set “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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