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Vincent Bryce “Pete” Dudney

April 9, 2017

Rossville—Vincent Bryce “Pete” Dudney, 80, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

He was born January 3, 1937 at Dover, the son of Vincent G. and Edna Lister Dudney.  Pete graduated from Dover High School in 1955 and served in the Kansas Army National Guard.

Pete worked for the Gas Service Company retiring after 44 years of service.  He was an avid coon hunter, he was a lifelong softball player, threw horseshoes, and collected arrowheads. Pete was on the football “Chain Gang” at Rossville High many years and loved to fish.  He was a small engine mechanic. Pete was a member of Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31 of the American Legion in Rossville and the Rossville United Methodist Church.

On August 17, 1958 he was united in marriage to Barbara A. Gentry at Rossville.  She preceded him in death on July 8, 2011.

Survivors include his son, Mark Dudney, Silver Lake; two daughters, Robyn Dudney, Silver Lake, and Brenda Powell, Temple TX; two sisters, Beverly (Larry) Ketter, Topeka and JoAnn (Neil) Crow, Maple Hill; brother-in-law, Bill Gentry, Rossville; sister-in-law, Linda Gentry, Rossville; his granddaughter, Alayna Powell, Temple, TX.

Memorial graveside services will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Rossville Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Rossville United Methodist Church.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Pete Dudney Memorial Fund, the Rossville United Methodist Church or Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31 of the American Legion and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.


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25 thoughts on “Vincent Bryce “Pete” Dudney

  1. Very sorry to see Pete has passed. He was a good neighbor who once helped me by fixing a chain saw, was kind, and mom (who knew him better) always spoke well of him. The “old hunter crossing” sign on our street has always been a landmark for me as I round the turn.

  2. Robyn,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Everyone in the Mon. softball league had good things to say about Pete. Hope to see you at some of the games and we can solve KDOT problems.

  3. We are so sorry for your loss and I am so sorry I only found out today about Pete passing. I remember when your Dad and Mama started dating. It was the talk of Rossville High School. There was this very pretty Gentry girl and this handsome “boy” from Dover. They were a match made in Heaven and now they are together again. Bless you all and know that your are being remembered in our prayers.

  4. Uncle Pete….or Uncle Bryce as Kerry would say has been so many things to us. He has left a legacy of kindness and we are blessed we got to move home and be neighbors these last few years. We can’t put into words how much we will miss him. We will forever treasure all the memories we have. We will think of him every time we throw horseshoes, mushroom hunt, play ball, coon hunt, watch a Royals game, go to the casino….and the list goes on. Love and prayers to you all.

  5. Your Dad was a special person and it was an honor to know him. He helped me out quite a few times, and I’ll never forget him. May he Rest In Peace.

  6. We were so sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. He was such a super guy. We never missed a chance to visit with him at all those softball games as he always left you feeling good. We will miss him so much on Mon nights

  7. Mark, Robyn, & Brenda, I thought the world of your Dad. He was one of the best men I’ve ever known. Please accept my very sincere condolences. Vickie Claycamp McGee

  8. Mark, Robyn, Brenda & the rest of Pete’s special family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss. Pete was a “one of a kind” special, ornery & the sweetest guy ever! His vast knowledge about so many things is unfathomable, but he would share it with anyone who was wanting to learn. He was such an Icon in the Rossville community for so many years & will be greatly missed. It was our honor to have known him & been amongst his many, many friends! May You Rest In Peace & God Speed Dear Pete……
    The Stum’s ~ Wilb & Sis ~ Mick, Tami & Haylie Jo

  9. I will miss Pete and all the fun we always had pitching horseshoes. The chainsaw he worked on for me works better than when it was new, I will think of him every time I start it up.

  10. I’m the granddaughter of Paul Dudney and daughter of Janice. Back when I was 12 we visited the family in Kansas for Uncle Johnny and Aunt Jennie’s 50th Anniversary. There I met “Cousin Bryce.” He showed me a box of arrowheads and let me hold a real arrowhead for the first time in my life. He then picked out the most beautiful one of all – mustard yellow with a scarlet corner – and said, “You’ll like this one. I think you should have it.” I couldn’t believe someone I just met would give me such a gift! I’m holding it in my hand right now and remembering that act of kindly generosity that was the greater gift. My sympathies to you all.

    • Jean, this is a beautiful story and I’m not surprised at all he gave you an arrowhead. He loved his whole Fam Damily, as we call it. We visited Uncle Paul In Florida when I was a kid. I was in ahhhh of his side saddle. Went to visit it in the museum just last year. I am a granddaughter of Vincent and daughter of JoAnn. The Dudney men were wonderful people (the women were too).

  11. What a guy! He lived life to the fullest. His sense of humor will live on in our memories.

    After high school I worked for the Gas Service Company for the summer and rode with Pete. Never a day passed that he wouldn’t pull some sort of prank. One day on the way back to the shop, he wanted to take a shortcut so he drove the truck onto the railroad tracks and drove on the tracks for three blocks and kept the truck on the tracks the whole way. That was classic Pete.

    Rest in peace old friend.

  12. Thanks for the Memories Pete. Rest in peace and Don’t Give Barbara any trouble when you get there.

    Prayers to Mark, Brenda, Robyn and other family Members.

  13. Mark, Robyn and Brenda,
    So sorry for your loss, our pray’s will be with you. I know your father will be remembered by you and all that knew him.

  14. He was a good friend and a good man. When he worked for the Gas Company he made it fun to go to work. Rest In Peace buddy.

  15. Pete will be missed but what wonderful memories. He was a great person. He brought smiles and laughter to everyone. He was a dear friend. My thoughts are with you.

  16. Robyn, Brenda, Mark, you had one precious dad, never knew what he would do, but he enjoyed life. I couldn’t believe he was still playing, not too long go, what a joy. You are going to have so memories of your dad, hold onto those. As I told you, he would always check to see if Jim wore a tie, he said I knew he wouldn’t, so I’m not. Special, special person. Love all of you

  17. Our deepest sympathies to Pete;s family. He was one in a million…not many like him still out there…he will be missed by many.

  18. To all of Pete’s family, we are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our prayers and thoughts. God bless. Terry and Brenda Lister

  19. Robin and Mark we were sorry to read of your dad’s passing. He’s at peace and what a wonderful reunion in Heaven with your mother. God’s peace be with you.

  20. Mark, Robyn and Brenda,
    Your dad was a great man, and a great friend to my husband Darrell who has shared many, many memories of Pete. Memories of taking him arrow head hunting on the creeks and river around Rossville. But, Darrell will never forget the last time Pete came to Darrell’s new job. Pete looked at one of Darrell’s mechanics and pointed over at Darrell and said, “Look somebody took a big crap over there” and he just laughed!” When Darrell told me that story he said “That’s Pete!” He also called him the Crocodile Dundee of Kansas! It was about a month ago we went out to see him and he told us that he had lived a good life, doing whatever he wanted and he had lots of good friends that he was thankful for. He also shared a story about the house they used to live in that would flood, and one time they woke up and it was flooding and he threw on his cloths, ran out and got the dogs loaded up and as he drove off he told his wife who was standing on the porch that he’d be back to get her and the kids if the water wasn’t too high! Pete will be missed by many but he will never be forgotten! We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!

  21. Mark, We are so sorry!! Know we are praying for God to hold you extra tight during these difficult days ahead. We love you.

  22. Robyn, Brenda and Mark We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was an absolutely great guy. We’re praying for all of you as you grieve his loss.

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