Fredrick "Fred" L. Dudis

March 18, 1928 — September 23, 2018

Fredrick "Fred" L. Dudis

MORTON - Fredrick "Fred" Louis Dudis, 90, of Morton Ill., was called home by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at 3:15 am Sun., Sept. 23, 2018. He died at his home in the Morton Villas of Holly Brook uplifted by the love and prayers of his four children who were at his bedside.
Fredrick was born on March 18, 1928 in Dayton, Ohio to Louis and Margit Dudis. He married the love of his life, Barbara Smith on Feb. 2, 1952. They celebrated 65 years of marriage on Feb. 2, 2017 prior to her death in May 2017.
Surviving are his four children Terri Dudis DVM of Morton, Kathy (Alan) Kleeman of Atlanta, Ga., Rick (Eve) Dudis of Eleanor, W.V., and Jenny (Mike) Yordy of Morton; five grandchildren, Michael (Holly) Yordy, Jason (Tricia) Yordy, Sara (Travis) Cowley, all of Morton, Courtney Kleeman of Atlanta, Ga., and Erica Law of Columbus, Ohio; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Clara Chilcote of Little Rock, Ark., and eight nieces and nephews.
Fred proudly served his country with distinction as a heavy weapons crewman in the Army from September 1946 to January 1948. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory medal and the Army of Occupation Medal, Japan. After his military service, Fred obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind. Upon graduating from college, Fred was employed by Ohio Bell Telephone Company in the area of personnel administration. Subsequently, he served as business manager for the Office of Off-Campus Academic Programs at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where he was responsible for the business and financial matters of five satellite campuses. Fred and his family moved to Peoria after he accepted a position as Director of Administrative Services at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, where he served for six years. Upon completion of the new medical school, Fred moved into the position of systems integrator with the Kirby Risk Electrical Supply company in Peoria. After he retired, Fred was asked to oversee restoration operations at the Springdale Cemetery and Mausoleum in Peoria.
Fred was a long-time member of the New Castle Bible Church in Mackinaw, Ill., where he served as an usher and member of the Building Committee. He was a member of the American Society of Hospital Engineers, the Peoria Downtown Rotary Club and the Morton American Legion Post 318. Fred also volunteered at the Morton Division of the Midwest Food Bank.
Fred was an avid aviator and outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing almost as much as flying. He was interested in photography and enjoyed playing the harmonica. More than anything, however, Fred doted on his wife and four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was the chief fixer, cheerleader, supporter and protector for his family and will be profoundly missed.

A celebration of Fred's life will be held at New Castle Bible Church in Mackinaw on Saturday, September, 29, 2018 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be at the church on Friday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., and also at 10 a.m. on Saturday prior to the funeral service. Pastor Phil Somers and Pastor Kevin Sauder will officiate. Burial will be at New Castle Bible Church Cemetery in Mackinaw, where full military rites will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Fred's name may be given to the New Castle Bible Church at 17931 Dee Mac Road, Mackinaw IL 61755 or to the Peoria Rescue Ministries at P.O. Box 837, Peoria IL 61652.
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Visitation

SEP 28. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

New Castle Bible Church
17931 Dee-Mack Road
Mackinaw, IL

Visitation

SEP 29. 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (CDT)

New Castle Bible Church
17931 Dee-Mack Road
Mackinaw, IL

Service

SEP 29. 11:00 AM (CDT)

New Castle Bible Church
17931 Dee-Mack Road
Mackinaw, IL
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