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Gyorgy Josef DUDIK [34]
Marie VOVCSIK [35]
Mihaly B. KACSMAR [39]
Maria HRUSKOVIC [38]
John Joseph DUDICK Sr. [4]
Susan Irene KUTCHMIRE [5]

John Joseph DUDICK Jr. [6]


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1. Doris (Rosa) June FORTE [7]

John Joseph DUDICK Jr. [6] 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 24 Oct 1926, Bradford, Mckean, PA, USA
  • Marriage (1): Doris (Rosa) June FORTE [7] on 3 Feb 1949 in Buffalo, Erie, NY, USA
  • Died: 14 Jun 2013, Boulder City, , Nevada at age 86 5

bullet  General Notes:

John Dudick was born and raised in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force Reserve as an aviation cadet in 1944. He was called to active duty in March 1945. The war in Europe ended in May of 1945, and aviation cadets were not needed so he did not get a chance to fly. Interestingly, he graduated from St. Bernard High School in June of 1945, 3 months after he was called to active duty according to the Bradford Era Newspaper. He did solo, at his own expense, at Desert Skyway Airport, Boulder City, Nevada in November, 1945. He did not see combat but was a member of the occupational forces in Germany after the war was over. In a June 29, 1945 Bradford Era newspaper, his parents had received notice that he was promoted from Private to Corporal. He did get to sit in on the Nuremberg War Trials in the fall of 1946.

John's first job after the war was with Kendall Refining Co., Bradford, Pennsylvania This is the company that he loyally worked for, for forty-one years until retiring in January of 1990. He worked in all positions with the company, from digging ditches to Process Operator to District Manager and Farm Director. He had performed all types of work while in maintenance with painters, electricians, welders, machinists, riggers and millwrights. He became well known in the Farm Director's Position as he was responsible for the truck and tractor pulling program nationally and was involved there for 21 years. He continued as consultant in this position for the first summer of his retirement. Several excellent articles on John Dudick are in "The Puller" magazine. (See Feb. 1990 issue for retirement photos) (D:DOC)

He met his wife, Doris Forte, in December, 1946. They eloped to wed in February, 1949 while she was in the process of working towards her nursing degree. Doris is a steady and wise mother of four and grandmother of seven. She's an interesting person to talk with. She enjoys children, grandchildren, traveling, reading, knitting, and needlecraft. She remembers fondly her interest of her youth, that of roller skating. She and her friends apparently spent much of their free time at the rink and were quite skilled. She was attending the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, Minnesota working on her Nursing degree in 1947 while dating her husband. She left college to marry in 1949. (F-400)

The Dudick's lived at 63 Clarence St., Bradford, PA in 1958 when their son James was admitted to the hospital. John Dudick had lived on 283 Congress St. in Bradford when he moved out of his parent's home as a young man. As an adult, he and family lived at 5505 Crawford Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43229 from 1962 through 1995.

Sources on the above information came from John and Doris Dudick and from the April 1987 issue of "The Puller" magazine, pages 16 to 18. 6


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation. District Manager

Retirement, Jan 1990, Columbus, Franklin, OH.


John married Doris (Rosa) June FORTE [7] [MRIN: 2], daughter of Norman Leroy FORTE Sr. [8] and Theresia Rosa LINK [9], on 3 Feb 1949 in Buffalo, Erie, NY, USA. (Doris (Rosa) June FORTE [7] was born on 12 Mar 1929 in Glenside, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA and died on 26 Mar 2013 in Boulder City, , Nevada.)



1 Interview, John Dudick of 5505 Crawford Dr., Columbus, OH 43229 by Linda Coate Dudick 1/22/1992 at my home, 204 Glenhurst Ct., Gahanna, OH 43230. 38

2 John Joseph, Jr. Dudick Crawford Dr., Columbus, Ohio interviewed by Linda Coate Dudick 1978- In Linda Coate files (D-7). 38

3 1930 U.S. Federal Population Census, Bradford, McKean Co., PA.

4 Forte Family Directory, July 1996.

5 Social Security Death Index at

6 The Bradford Era (

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