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Reed Dudley

Reed Dudley

Tuesday, April 26, 1938 - Tuesday, February 5, 2019
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Thomas Reed Dudley Sr., of Potosi, MO was born on April 26, 1938, a son of the late James Norvel “Red” Dudley and the late Mabel (Turnbough) Dudley. On January 1, 1956, Reed was united in marriage to Melba Ruth (Todd) Dudley.
Reed entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Mercy South Hospital in St. Louis, surrounded by his family whom he dearly loved, having reached the age of eighty years, nine months and nineteen days.
Reed will be missed by all who knew and loved him including not only his wife, but his two sons; Thomas Reed “T.R.” Dudley Jr. and wife Lisa Marie (Morgan) Dudley of Potosi, MO, Larry Dudley and significant other Cindy Whitman of Wildwood, MO, one grandson; Cameron Alan Dudley and wife Caity (Bone) Dudley of Potosi, MO, one granddaughter; Ella Marie Dudley of Potosi, MO, five great grandchildren; Amory Ryan Dudley, Atlas Reed Dudley, Ambellina Pamela Dudley, Zane Joseph Blount and Camden Davis Jaskulske, all of Potosi, MO, five sisters-in-law; Freda Maxwell of Caledonia, MO, Marilyn Sadler of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sue Battreal and husband Richard of Irondale, MO, Mary Todd of Potosi, MO, Judy Todd of Mineral Point, MO, two brothers-in-law; Dale Todd of Imperial, MO, Bill Todd and wife Barbara of Imperial, MO; also surviving are many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Reed was also preceded in death by his step-sister, Myrtle (Bass) Adams, two uncles; Albert Turnbough and wife Alice, Willie “Buzz” Turnbough and wife Emmy, father and mother-in-law; Francis “Frank” and Lillie Todd, one daughter-in-law; Pamela (Bowles) Dudley; five brothers-in-law; Bob Doty and wife Billie Mary, Bill Maxwell, Martin Dale Sadler, Clyde “Shorty” Scott, Francis Otis “Dusty” Todd and two sisters-in-law; Joanne Scott and Naomi Todd.
Reed worked for many years at Pea Ridge Mine and was also employed as a mechanic at various locations throughout the years. He also co-owned and operated a motorcycle shop with the late Ray Bohannon called B&D Bultaco. He was an avid racecar fan and drove a stock car and a sprint car for many years including local tracks not only in Potosi, of which he won the track Championship, but also Bismarck, Farmington, Fredericktown, St. Marys, Hillsboro, St. Charles, Belleville and Godfrey, Illinois. He also raced at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.
Reed was additionally a motorcycle enthusiast having raced locally in the Busted Piston Enduro for which he won first in his class and the international six-day trials for which he qualified. He also participated in various hill climbs, poker runs and demolition derbies. He was a member of the American Motorcycle Association. He loved watching and attending any type of racing including, Indy Car, NASCAR, USAC Silver Crown, Midget and Sprint Car events. He enjoyed watching any type of sporting event including his beloved St. Louis Cardinals of which he attended many games throughout the years.

Memorials may be made to the Pam Dudley Center.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 8, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, February 8, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Moore Funeral Home
    105 Clark Street
    Potosi, MO 63664
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Moore Funeral Home
    105 Clark Street
    Potosi, MO 63664
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 9, 2019 2:00pm
    Moore Funeral Home
    105 Clark Street
    Potosi, MO 63664
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Brother Leonard Compton
  • Interment

    New Masonic Cemetery
    Potosi, MO 63664


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Vickie Massey

Posted at 03:41pm
Ruthie and family we are so sorry to hear of Reed's passing. We were your neighbors for 13 years and you were the best neighbors anyone could ask for. You were like grandparents to my daughter Shelby and she always thought the world of you both. May God's love surround and comfort you in your time of loss.
Vickie and Shelby Massey.

Angela Nestel

Posted at 09:54am
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Posted at 05:40am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Bonnie Radford

Posted at 06:35pm
I will always remember his help on our many Children's Miracle Network events throughout the years. Especially on the preparations at the Washington County Fairgrounds getting ready for the CMN concert. He always had a smile and a laugh for everyone - so easy to get along with. We all have many great memories of him and my sympathy for my dear friend of 40 years, Ruth, his two sons T.R & Larry and their families. Sending love and prayers for all.

John Elsea

Posted at 03:35pm
Larry, Sorry for your loss...thoughts and prays for you and your family.
Best Regard,
John Elsea

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