SALEM – William Lee “Bill” Dudley, 84, of Salem, died at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2022 in the emergency room of Salem Regional Medical Center.
He was born on October 5, 1937 in Ellsworth, the son of the late Luther Ashford and Thalia Barnes Dudley.
Bill had owned Town & Country Trenching in Salem for over 30 years, in addition to selling and installing water conditioning systems, plumbing work and working with gas wells. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served honorably during his tour of duty. He left as SP4, served as an MP, and had the ability to jump out of a plane.
Bill was known for his talent and ability to collect and store items over the years. He had a passion for antiques, guns, and just plain old stuff. His reading led him to follow these same topics and then watch things on TV.
The adventurous side of him has led him to travel around some. As a young man, he twice hitchhiked across the United States. Bill was a member of the Beaver Creek Sportsman Club and was known over the years for managing their turkey shoots. He will always be remembered for all the stories he told from his life experiences.
He is survived by his daughters, Cyndie Beagle and Aimee (Robert) Kemats of Salem; his much-loved Yorkie poop mix and constant companion, Elvira; siblings, Sandra Custer of Columbiana, and Janet Phillips and Bernard (Joyce) Dudley, both of Salem; grandchildren, William “Will” (Lynsi) Beagle, Sarah (Jason) Schaadt and Blade (Katie Moore) Kemats; and a great-grandchild, Dylan Schaadt.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased on February 7, 2016 by his wife, Norma Jean Covert Dudley; one daughter, Pamela Dudley; and his siblings, Robert, Harold and Ronald Dudley.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem. Pastor Russell Libb will officiate. The Salem Honor Guard will offer military honors at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Ellsworth Cemetery. A visitation time will be held Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.