Lawrence L. Dudrey, 91, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Holiday Resort in Emporia, Kansas. Lawrence was born on February 6, 1926 in Great Bend, Kansas, the son of William Howard and Elsie Mae (Harris) Dudrey. He grew up in a farming family and graduated in 1943 from Antrim (Kansas) Rural High School.
Lawrence served in the United States Army, Company A, 1st Medical Division for portions of 1945 – 1946, including being stationed inGermany. On July 18, 1947 he married Anna Pearl (Foster) who preceded him in death on September 26, 2017. Surviving children include Leslie Dudrey and wife Christi of Liberty, Missouri; Calvin Dudrey and wife Debbie of Preston, Kansas; Sharon Martin and husband Raymond of Madison, Kansas; Ardyth Stone and husband Robert of Kearney, Missouri; and Debbie Hackler (Merrill) and husband Ralph of Buhler, Kansas. Eleven grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren also survive. Surviving siblings include one brother, Carl Dudrey of Stafford, Kansas and one sister, Gladys Hornbaker of St. John, Kansas.
One son, Merrill Dudrey of Hutchinson Kansas preceded him in death along with his parents William Howard and Elsie Mae (Harris) Dudrey. Also preceding him were three brothers, Wayne Dudrey of Stafford, Kansas; Larry Dudrey of St. John, Kansas; Donald Dudrey of Great Bend, Kansas; and one sister, Vera Mae Batton of Lyons, Kansas.
Lawrence moved from Morland, Kansas to Hartford, Kansas in August of 1966 when he became principal of the Hartford Schools. He earned multiple degrees (including a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters of Science in Education, Elementary Administration) from Fort Hays Kansas State College located in Hays, Kansas. Over the years he supported his family in a variety of ways including as a preacher (Church of Christ), farmer, teacher, school administrator, steel siding applicator, and salesman (World Book, Amway, Conklin).
Cremation has taken place. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Christian Church,415 Mechanic St. Hartford, Kansas. Following the visitation, Pastor Bob Robison will officiate a Memorial Service. An inurnment for both Lawrence and his wife, Anna Pearl Dudrey will take place with military honors at the Hartford Cemetery following the Memorial Service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford Community Food Bank in care of Charter Funerals. Online condolences may be made at www.charterfunerals.com