Dudley Clinton Bravard
- Published: June 25, 2021
Dudley Clinton Bravard, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Fairborn. He was 79.
Dudley was born Monday, Dec. 8, 1941, in Columbus to Dale and Florence Bravard. He graduated from the Linden McKinley High School class of 1959 and graduated from the Ohio State University class of 1968. He worked as an inorganic chemist for nine years at the Charles F. Kettering Research Lab, then built houses for Ryan Homes, Wayne Homes and Inverness Homes until his retirement.
Dudley was an avid collector of American Indian artifacts and was the editor and photographer for the Artifact Society. Then he became an excellent shooter of black powder rifles and a fine craftsman of them. He was a member of the Blue Jacket Muzzleloaders Club.
Dudley could build most anything and make it so that it lasted. The last thing he built was his and his wife’s coffins in resemblance to the old western-style coffins. He often worked more than one job in his early years and provided generously for his family. After retirement, he enjoyed breakfast at Young’s while making new friends.
Dudley is survived by his wife, Lois, to whom he was married for over 51 years; a son and daughter-in-law, Dudley Matthew and Nicole Bravard, of Beavercreek; a daughter and son-in-law, Gretchen Candice and David Pepin, of Springfield; four grandchildren, Sydney, Xander, Sadie and Samantha; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Dudley was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings.
A funeral service was held Saturday, June 19, at Pleasant Grove Missionary Church, with Pastor Bryan Graham officiating. Burial followed the service in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Adkins Funeral Home in Enon assisted Dudley’s family with his final wishes.
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Dudley was our next-door neighbor for many years in Yellow Springs on Shawnee drive. I remember him babysitting for us once when I was quite little, sitting next to him on the floor as he read us a bedtime story. Later, as a teenager, I babysat for Matthew and Gretchen. My sister remembers that he gave us some arrowheads from his collection. I also remember Lois’s beautiful garden of flowers and her lovely laugh. Nancy, Ann and Amy remember the whole family fondly.