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Max Dudley 1922-2012

Nov 23, 2012

Max Dudley

September 13, 1922

November 15, 2012

Max Dudley was born on Sept. 13, 1922 at Panora. He graduated from Redfield, Ia high school in 1941 and entered Iowa State University in the fall of 1941, but left to enlist in the U.S. Air Force after Pearl Harbor in December 1942. He served as an engineer on the PFF lead crew of a B-24 Liberator bomber. He flew on the first bombing raid over Germany and his last mission was on D-Day over Normandy Beach.He received four Bronze Stars, a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal for valor and distinguished service.

Following discharge Max returned to Iowa State University where he majored in Agriculture.

On Sept. 4, 1948 he married Lois Tolsdorf. Max farmed in the Redfield area until 1961 when the family moved to Cylinder, and farmed until he retired.

He was a 4-H leader, Boy Scout leader, involved in Farm Bureau activities and received an award for being a leader in “No Till Farming” practices.

Max retired in 1988 and moved to Pharr, TX. He enjoyed traveling, square dancing, wood working, tennis, birding, and volunteering at McAllen Medical Hospital and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; and two children, Joyce and husband Richard Lamb of Grape-vine, TX, and son Cole and wife Tracy Dudley of Austin, TX. There are four grandchildren: Melinda and Lisa Lamb, and Dakota and Sierra Dudley.