George Dudley Shimmel, 65, of Clearfield, died of natural causes in his sleep Sunday night at his residence.
“Dudley” was born November 23rd of 1951, the only son of Sylvester and Delila (Bowley) Shimmel, both deceased, of Clearfield, PA. He was a beloved character in the community.
He is the last of his line, though a thousand friends remain.
Everyone knew “Dudley.” He was a 1973 graduate of the Forestry program at Penn State University and worked to lay out portions of the Quehanna Trail and in mine reclamation projects for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Forestry Department. Over the years he worked as a freelance photographer, as a loan officer at Curwensville State Bank, and as a salesman at Grice Gun Shop and Jim’s Sports Center. He did not report for work Monday morning at Jim’s and Dudley never missed a day of work.
Dudley was an active member of the St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield, the Anderson Creek Sportsmen’s Club, and a founding board member, actor and technician throughout his life at the Clearfield Arts Studio Theater. Dudley was a gifted actor and tens of thousands have enjoyed him in his various roles on the community theater stage over these decades. He mentored many and touched many more.
A memorial service will be held at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 2:30 PM with Fr. Brandon Kleckner as celebrant.
Friends will be received at the church on Tuesday from 1 PM until the time of service.
To help defray all of Dudley’s final expenses, contributions may be made to PA Simple Cremation, 113 North Third Street, Clearfield, PA 16830.
PA Simple Cremation, Clearfield is in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.pasimplecremation.com.
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