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A funeral ceremony honoring the life of Dudley Baila Sullivan will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Claremore. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rice Funeral Service. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Dudley passed away Sunday March 5, 2017 in Claremore. He was 95.
Born Sept. 20, 1921 in Denton, Texas, Dudley was the son of Orvis J. and Lela (Atcheson) Sullivan. Dudley grew up in Lincoln, Ark. and graduated from Lincoln High School. After graduation
he attended Harding College for a time and then served in the Navy as a Lieutenant Gunnery officer during WWII. After his time of service, he went on to graduate from Texas Tech University and then began a 35 year career with the Amoco Oil Company as an accountant. In November of 1949 he married Mary Helen (Turner) at the First Christian Church in Tulsa.
During his retirement, Dudley volunteered for the Rogers County Drug Abuse Center and the women's shelter in Claremore, holding positions on both their boards. Dudley was also an active member of First
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Claremore. Dudley was an avid walker,
and on most mornings you would see him walking around Claremore Lake. He loved gardening and watching his favorite sports teams, including the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys.
Surviving family members include his daughter: Mary Kathleen Cochran and her husband Bruce of Dayton, OH; two sons: Robert Sullivan and his wife Janet of Claremore, Thomas Dudley Sullivan of Claremore; grandchildren: Travis Sullivan, Leah Finnegan, Allison Cochran, Rachel Cochran, and Christopher Cochran; a great-grandson: Kurt Sullivan; many nieces; nephews; cousins and other relatives and friends.
Dudley was preceded in death by his parents and by his beloved wife of over 55 years: Mary Helen (Turner) Sullivan.
Published on March 8, 2017
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