Dudley Brantner Brown, of Bunker Hill, died Dec. 13, 2010, in Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va., surrounded by his family.
He was born in Martinsburg, on March 11, 1928, to the late Marshall Edgar and Naomi Ruth Brantner Brown.
Dudley was a veteran of World War II, joining the U.S. Navy in 1943, at the age of 15 and serving almost four years. He was on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, at the age of 16. He was honorably discharged in 1947.
He graduated from Shepherd University in 1956, with a bachelor’s degree in biology, where he also lettered in football. He also received a medical technologist certification from Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, Md. He retired from General Motors in 1993, after 20 years of employment. While working at General Motors, he worked part-time at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson. He was previously employed at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg.
Dudley was a 60-year member of the Grand Lodge of WV A.F. & A.M. Robert White Lodge No. 67, the Lebanon Chapter No. 2, R.A.M., Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA 32nd Degree, Shriner – Osiris Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Wheeling, the Eastern Panhandle Shrine Club of Osiris Temple of Wheeling and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Shenandoah Forest No. 150, of Martinsburg.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge No. 1283, Winchester, Legion of the Moose, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Chapter No. 47, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Winchester, VA, Lodge No. 867, American Legion, Conrad Hoover Post No. 21, Winchester, Veterans of Foreign War, Post No. 896, Martinsburg, United States LST Association (served on the LST 335 during WWII), Equal Rod and Gun Club, Wardensville (avid hunter and fisherman), the National Rifle Association, the Izaak Walton League of America, Jefferson County Chapter. He was a member of Carpers Valley Golf Club, Winchester, for over 30 years (avid golfer having three holes-in-one), later a member of Bowling Green Country Club and previously a member of the Martinsburg Country Club. He was also a life member of the Shepherd University Alumni Association.
Dudley coached Little League Baseball many years – being instrumental in helping to develop Oatsdale Little League Park. He also coached Midget League Football for many years. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He currently was serving on the board of Cherry Grove Homeowners Association.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Norma Jean Lancaster Brown. He is also survived by his first wife, Doris Ann Kidwiler Brown, and their two daughters, Susan Brown Bales, and husband, Martin Bales, and Jennifer Brown George; and two granddaughters, Carrie Bales Ross and husband, Chris, and Cammie Bales Kain and husband, Scott. He has one great-grandson, Grayson Ross. He is also survived by one sister, Camille O’Rourke, of ElmCroft; one sister-in-law, Freda Ann Bartlett, of Bridgeport; one stepson, Edwin H. Lancaster Jr.; two stepdaughters, Jane Lancaster Funk and husband, Carl, and Jill Lancaster Kee and husband, David; six step grandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Marcella Roach; and brothers-in-law, Paul O’Rourke, Mike Roach and Gail Bartlett.
Graveside service with military and masonic rites will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at Rosedale Cemetery with the Rev. James Riley officiating. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg; The Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Winchester, VA; or to the Martinsburg Little League Association, Martinsburg.
Military and Masonic Rites will be conducted at Rosedale Cemetary on Dec 16. 2010 at 11:00 am
ADDITIONAL FUNERAL INFORMATION:
Masonic Rites will be performed following the Military Honors. Take the second Left enterence at Rosedale the grace plot is near the road you will not miss the Tent. Plan on arriving at 10:30 to 10:15. Please leave room for Family vehicles.
I am Martin Bales, Past Master Equality Lodge 44 in Martinsburg. Dudley Brown was my Father in Law.
Robert White Lodge # 67 will be handling the service to he Held GRAVE SIDE at Rosedale Cemetary just outside of Martinsburg. I have asked that the Brethren arrive about 10:30 to 10:45 at the grave site. If you drive into Rosedale you will see the Tent; it is near the road at the second entrance.