Dwight Dillon Dudley
Dwight Dillon Dudley
  • February 17, 1934 - February 13, 2017
  • Huntington, West Virginia

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Dwight Dillon Dudley of Huntington, WV, died peacefully in his sleep February 13, 2017, patiently awaiting his Heavenly Father and joining those who have gone before him in heaven. He was born on February 17, 1934 in Elkins, WV. His parents Hazel Wellington Ryan Dudley and Clarence Paul Dudley preceded him in death as well as his brother, David Paul Dudley.

Dwight leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Shirley Ann Fricke Dudley. Two sons, Dwight David (Paula) of Huntington, W.Va., and Todd Christopher (Lisa) of Ona, W.Va.; Five adoring grandchildren, Kristin Marie Banks (Michael) Fla., Paul David Dudley of Huntington, Ryan Scott Dudley (Kellie) of Iowa, Jared Parker Dudley (Brooke) Ga., and Joshua Todd Dudley (Nikki) of SC.; Seven great grandchildren, Ethan, Emma, Hannah, Dillon, Bruce, Dwight, and our soon to arrive Lincoln; a dear cousin and her family, Emily Ann Dudley Martin (Philip) of Bridgeport, W.Va., and a very close brother in-law and his family, Dr. Arthur Lee Fricke (Alice) of Huntington.

Dwight’s early years were spent in Parsons, W.Va. His family later moved to Huntington where he attended West Jr. High and Huntington High School, graduating in 1952.

Dwight attended and graduated with a Mechanical Engineer degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1956. While attending the University of Cincinnati, Dwight would co-op with the International Nickel Company which led to being employed by them in the Engineering Department upon graduation. Also, while attending the University of Cincinnati, Dwight was a member of the Army ROTC program and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He proudly served his country for two years at Ft. Stewart, GA.

Upon completing his service to his country, Dwight returned to Huntington and the International Nickel Company in the Engineering Department which later led to the position of Superintendent of Mechanical Services. Upon retiring after a successful career of 30 years with the International Nickel Company, Dwight served as project manager with the West Virginia Board of Regents for construction renovation projects in Smith Hall and as a consultant for the construction of the Performing Arts Center at Marshall University. He was also employed by the P. J. Dick Corporation of Pittsburgh, PA as project manager of building construction and renovations at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Huntington. Dwight was also employed by Garrett Schrader, of Lexington Ky., to lay out and install the equipment at the new Toyota plant in Buffalo, W.Va.

Dwight’s belief in God, his leadership, strong character, discipline, and commendable work ethic was who he was. He was respected by his family, friends, and co-workers. He was the one our family would seek for advice. Dwight has been a long time, faithful member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and for many years a member of First Baptist Church of Kenova. He had many memorable years with the fellowship of both congregations. Dwight was a member of the Rotary Club of Huntington, and a Paul Harris Fellow, and fifty-year member of A.F. & A.M. #53. Dwight’s grandchildren are honored to serve as his pallbearers. We are all in agreement that God surely designed a wonderful person who has a special place in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. Visitation will be Saturday, 11:00 a.m. until service time at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, Huntington, W.Va. with Rev. Jana Stoner, officiating. Mr. John Campbell will provide special music. Entombment will follow in the Woodmere Abby of Remembrance. Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church Children’s Ministry or the organization of choice.