Obituary for Dudley Shimmel

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Dudley Shimmel

November 23, 1951 - November 5, 2017

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.

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Kelly meek posted on November 14, 2017

I didnt know him personally but with me working at dunkin for a year now we saw him every sunday after church and he would always walk in and say ''u behaving ur self today'' i would always say no and he would tell me well thats alright and when he would leave he would still tell me to behave and i always said ill try he will be missed coming in to dunkin he was a very spirited person always made ppl smile just with his personalityFrom ur fave dunkin employee's we will miss u R.I.P

Timmy Lee posted on November 13, 2017

Kind, Genuine Dudley. A passionate, committed soul, ever so kind hearted and caring to all. Your individuality and peace will live on forever.

Ted Werdal posted on November 11, 2017

He was such an amazing person to say the least!!! Although he would tell us all that he was just a "cockroach" or "a derelict" (his words not mine). He was a true inspiration. I will never forget his humor, his spirit, and his genius! He was and forever will be an inspiration to anyone who was lucky enough to call him friend! Such great times and memories from the days at Saint John's, Saint Charles, and so many more. RIP!

Joanne and Bob Fitzmaurice posted on November 11, 2017

Dudley, we will miss your musical contributions to St. Francis and we will pray for you. Joanne and Bob Fitzmaurice

Kylie posted on November 10, 2017

I was in little shop of horrors with him and he always remembered and said hi to me when passing each other in town. Great man and will be missed.

Laurie Hoffman posted on November 9, 2017

While I never knew Dudley personally I enjoyed watching his performances at the Cast theater in Clearfield. He seemed a wonderful man. God bless him and his family.

Verlee McCracken posted on November 8, 2017

He always had a smile when seeing him in town. So sad to hear about his passing.

Kim Durant posted on November 8, 2017

Dudley, you will be missed by many - and already are. It was truly a pleasure working the stage with such a fun-loving man. "Behave yourself" my friend.

Ron Herring posted on November 8, 2017

In my teenage years Dudley was a good friend and a fellow thespian in the local theater scene. He was a gifted light and sound tech on many of our productions. He was a light hearted 'character' who seemed to be a good natured prince out of a Shakespeare comedy.When beggars die, there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes. Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once........ Julius Caesar (Act II, Scene II, Line 30)

Donna Jasper McClure posted on November 8, 2017

My prayers and condolences to his family and friends! God bless you all. R. I. P. My friend!


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