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We received notice this week of the death of William E. Dudley, 86 year old pioneer citizen of Ellis county who passed-away in the Medical Dental Clinic at Redmond, Oregon, on Friday, May 21, 1943. Born in Monroe county, Kentucky, October 26, 1856. Mr. Dudley came west as a young man, locating in Texas, where he was united in marriage to Miss Jessie Bruton at Denton, Texas, on December 11, 1879, to this union six children were born, the five surviving children are: Emery Dudley, Pixley, California; Mrs. Frank Cross and Athel Dudley, of Redmond; Mrs. B. O. Metts, Terrebonne; and Mrs. J. J. Vermillion, Portland, Oregon.
Mr. and Mrs. Dudley and their young family settled in what is now Ellis county at the opening of the country to settlement, in the old Ioland community, there they remained until May, 1926, when they moved to Redmond, Oregon, to be near the children who had migrated to the Pacific northwest. Mrs. Dudley passed away a few years ago at Redmond.
Mr. Dudley was a fine old pioneer gentleman, the Dudley home was known far and wide in the early days for its hospitality. Mr. Dudley was kind, generous and good, a friend to all and loved and respected by everyone. Always a devoted Christian gentleman, he was a charter member of the Redmond Church of Christ.
Funeral services were conducted from his church, Sunday May 23, by Rev. A. L. Tiffin. Burial was made in the Redmond cemetery.
Obits from old newspapers submitted by: John A. Rider
Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society
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