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Resthaven Funeral Home & Resthaven Memorial Park

5740 West 19th Street, Lubbock, TX

OBITUARY

Marvin Kenneth Dudley

March 7, 1945September 12, 2020

Marvin Kenneth Dudley went home to be with our Lord on September 12, 2020 with his family by his side. He was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family.

Professionally, Marvin served his community in the Lubbock Police Department for 16 years and at Irrigation Machine for the remainder of his career developing lasting friendships. He believed in hard work and never doing things half-way in all aspects of a person's life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin H. Dudley and Margaret Virginia Dudley; and two sisters; Barbara Sue Rowden and Sherry Gail Hernandez.

He is survived by the love of his life of 58 years, Carlla Dudley; they married on September 8, 1962. Together, they had two loving children, Kim Mullins (Scott) and Nick Dudley (Kim); five grandchildren: Kristal Turner (Jason), Brett Mullins (Kristen), Cole Mullins (Samantha), Lyndsi Swenning (Patrick) and Halee Futch (Clay); ten great-grandchildren: Sydney, Olivia, Ireland, Dyllan, Logan, Mazie, Birdie, Duke, Dallas and Stryder; two sisters, Joe Ann Combs and Judy Tischler (Van); and many nieces, nephews and cousins who loved him deeply.

Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at The Message, 5502 Auburn Street, Lubbock, Texas.

Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Please visit www.resthavenfuneralhome.com for online tributes.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Joe Arrington Cancer Center and Texas Home Health Hospice whose staff provided exceptional service.

Memorials may be made to: Texas Home Health Hospice Foundation.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brett Mullins, Pallbearer
  • Cole Mullins, Pallbearer
  • Keith Beasley, Pallbearer
  • Donnie Combs, Pallbearer
  • Gary Combs, Pallbearer
  • Mike Combs, Pallbearer
  • Kyle Tischler, Pallbearer
  • Kevin Tischler, Pallbearer
  • Jason Turner, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Patrick Swenning, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Clay Futch, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Texas Home Health Hospice Foundation

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

  • Interment

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Memories

Marvin Kenneth Dudley

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Rhonda (Conger) Grove

September 20, 2020

My heart aches to hear of Kenneth's passing. When I think of him, I remember the summer vacations and the caravan of trucks and trailers traveling to our destination. One of those trips lead us to Ute Lake in New Mexico. Kenneth ended up in the ER after an attempt to fish. I can't remember if he had a hook caught in his finger or he cut his hand with a knife. Carlla, your loving marriage was an inspiration. Nick and Kim, I know you have so many wonderful memories. Kenneth will always be with you. God bless you and your family. Love, Rhonda (Conger) Grove

Annette Turner

September 14, 2020

First, our deepest sympathy for your loss. I’ve always thought you and Marvin were the perfect couple...totally devoted to each other and it showed. My favorite memory is of our daughter, Christy’s, first date. It just happened to be with Nick. Being a very protective mama, I was more than a little nervous turning her safety over to a hairy legged kid. Even though I always liked Nick and knew he was a good kid, this was still my youngest child and only daughter. When I stepped out on the porch to see them off there sat Marvin in his patrol car. Immediately my anxiety was relieved. What more can a mother ask than to have her daughter’s first date escorted by a Police Officer?
You all are in my prayers. God bless you all.

Wade Young

September 13, 2020

When I was 4 years old, a family moved into the home next door to us. A little girl (perhaps 7-8 years old) came to our door and asked my mother if there were any kids that lived in our house. My mother forced me to go outside and play with this little girl, named Kim. I grew to worship that little girl as my best friend, the first non-cousin best friend in my life. Whether we were planning talent shows or building forts in the vacant lot that was behind our houses, films like “Stand by Me” and “The Sandlot” often transport me to that period of my life. Over the years, our families bonded and that small cluster of houses on 39th Street became a community of routine yard parties, water balloon fights, “swing the statue” and some of the best times of my life.
Living next door to Marvin (back when he was an officer with LPD) was like living next door to a real-life super hero. He was featured once in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal for inventing a safer version of a cross-walk sign that allowed the cross guard to stay off to the side and lower an almost train gate stop sign in front of cars so kids could cross the street safely to school.
The Dudley family became lifelong friends of my family and there isn't enough room here or words to define that closeness. We took summer vacations with them. When the Dudleys moved to “the country”, we moved right along with them. The silent strength of Marvin's character was matched only by the comic genius of Carlla as early influences in my life. My heart goes out to Carlla, Kim, Nick and the whole family. Marvin was a great man and the world is a little emptier now without him here.

Deanna Sargent

September 13, 2020

I only had the honor of meeting Mr. Dudley 1 time and that was at his granddaughters zombie surprise birthday party. He came out of the garage all dressed up and unrecognizable to hug Halee and all she kept saying was who is this. It was so funny. He seemed to have such a sense of humor. Of course working with his son Nick for so many years I have learned what a strong man Marvin was. I pray that you all cling to the good memories that you have and hold to the peace that you will see him again in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Art & Simone Karger

September 13, 2020

Praying for comfort & peace that passes all understanding.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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