Dudley B Brown

March 11, 1928December 13, 2010

Dudley B. Brown Dudley Brantner Brown of Bunker Hill, WV died on December 13, 2010 in Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA surrounded by his family. He was born in Martinsburg, WV 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 fifteen, and serving almost four years. He was on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944 at the age of sixteen. He was honorably discharged in 1947. He graduated from Shepherd University in 1956 with a Bachelors 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 Charles Town, WV. 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, WV, the Eastern Panhandle Shrine Club of Osiris Temple of Wheeling, WV, and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Shenandoah Forest No. 150, of Martinsburg. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #1283, Winchester, VA, Legion of the Moose, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Chapter # 47, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Winchester, VA, Lodge #867, American Legion, Conrad Hoover Post #21, Winchester, VA, Veterans of Foreign War, Post #896, Martinsburg, United States LST Association (served on the LST 335 during WWII), Equal Rod and Gun Club, Wardensville, WV (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, VA for over 30 years (avid golfer having 3 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. 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, WV, 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 11:00 AM, Thursday, December 16, 2010 at Rosedale Cemetery with Dr. 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, WV, the Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA, or to the Martinsburg Little League Association, Martinsburg, WV.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, December 16, 2010

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John & Donna Masano

January 5, 2011

Jean, We are so sorry to hear of Dudley's passing. He was a great friend and neighbor. He tried to teach me & John a few things about the game of golf. I think he succeded with a few tips. We really enjoyed his company on and off the golf course. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
John & Donna Masano

December 30, 2010

I just heard of Dudley's passing, Jean, and want to extend my sincere condolences. We were neighbors across the golf course, for several years.Those were happy times, in Cross Junction. I never got to know Dudley very well, but spent lots of time trying to play golf with the women's league, never very successfully. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Dorothy Leiter

Ron and Mary Robl

December 24, 2010

Jean -- very sorry to hear about Dudley. Although we only spent 10 days with him on the WWII tour, he was one of our favorite people.
Take care, Ron and Mary

John/Elaine Bernd

December 20, 2010

May eternal rest be granted unto him. John and Elaine

December 20, 2010

Jean, Nancy and I were shocked to hear of Dudley's passing. We were proud to have known you both. Our common friendship with Mr Buckles, America's last surving WWI veteran, and, our membership in Veterans of Underage Military Service brought us together. I will forever be thankful for your keeping me informed of Mr Buckles activities. We greatly enjoyed our visit with you in your home. Our prayers will be with you and his other family members. Dudley lived a full and productive life. God rest his soul. Chet Fleming, Charleston, WV

Rick & Natalie Miller

December 16, 2010

Dudley was a unique individual and a great person to have a member of Carper's Valley Golf Club. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.

Faye & Stephen Wible

December 16, 2010

Dudley was a very well liked person and will be greatly missed. We enjoyed seeing him on Weds. nite. Was a very friendly person and always has a smile for eveyone

Jan Reynolds

December 15, 2010

Mr. Brown sounds like a great person. I did not know him personally. I am a Facebook friend of his daughter Susan. Being a Mason, Scottish Rite and Shriner makes me know he was someone special.My husband is also all three. My prayers are with Susan and her family at this time. God always has a plan for us.

December 15, 2010

Dudley was one of my favorite "hunter friends" of John's. He just had that way about him that made you smile. Grayson's eyes and smile remind me a lot of Dudley!!

Cindy Stewart

Jerry Beightol

December 15, 2010

What an incredibly robust man! I am reminded of the poem "The Dash". Mr. Brown gave so much to his community, and country and was an avid activist in everything he did. He meant a great deal to so many people in the tri-state area and obviosuly to his entire family. He made a difference in peoples lives and will always be remembered for the things he did and gave to others. So, his dates are March 11, 1928 - December 13, 2010. The DASH between those dates are enormous and so our community, Tri state area and country has lost a great man. His family are wonderful folks and continue to have his passion for making our community, state and country better. Our deepest and heart felt sympathy go out to his entire family. Our lives have been enriched by his presence here on earth and we celebrate his life with enthusiasm. The Good Lord needs you and called you home. Never more will you have pain or suffering. God Bless. Jerry & Carol Beightol