Betty June Dudden - August 19, 2012
Betty June Dudden was born June 10, 1923 in Oshkosh, Neb. to Alma Theresa (Olson) Caskey and Daniel Earl Caskey. Betty June Dudden, 89, passed away Aug. 19, 2012 in Fort Collins, Colo.
She grew up on a farm south of Big Springs, Neb. After Betty graduated from Big Springs High School in 1941 she attended Kearney State Teachers School. During WWII Betty lived with her sister Lola and worked in a munitions factory in Denver. VE Day was declared May 8, 1945 and operations ceased at the factory so Betty returned to the plains to teach school. She taught first and second grade in Venango, Neb.where she met Orville Dudden.
On June 3, 1946, Betty and Orville married and settled in Venango. Betty lived the life of a typical farmer’s wife, raising three children Daniel, Larry and Cheryl, cooking for field workers and tending to her home. She loved her yard and big garden and spent many happy hours there.
Betty was an avid reader and loved to listen to music while reading. She loved to travel. She would read travel adventures and listened to local music in anticipation of her travel destinations. Her children and grandchildren inherited this love of travel.
In her lifetime, she went to Asia, Europe all over the North American continent. She dreamed about living in Alaska, and was able to go there twice in her life. Betty always said that even though she was the only one of her siblings who wanted adventure, she was the only one who stayed within 50 miles of her birthplace. Betty and Orville built a “Cabin in the Mountains” in Burgen Park, Colo. in 1952. Betty always wanted to live there and did so for three years after Orville passed away.
Betty was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, traveling all over the United States with the organization. She was Department President of the State of Nebraska in 1977-78.
She was also a member of the La Societe Des 8 Chapeau et 40 Femmes, The La Societe De Femme American Legion, Venango Woman’s Club, and was active in the PTA while her children were in school. She headed drives for the American Heart Association, March of Dimes and other local fundraisers.
She was a member of the Venango Community Church, and served as church secretary/treasurer for many years. After she left Venango she joined the United Methodist Church in Evergreen, Colo., and also volunteered at the senior center.
Her home was always decorated for holidays and many in Venango will remember her house covered in Christmas lights.
Betty also enjoyed serving dinners to friends and family. One cousin remembers her Thanksgiving table went from “here to forever” and everyone was always welcome.
Betty’s biggest joy in life was her family. She attended many events while her children were in school and she traveled many miles to watch her grandchildren in their events.
Her last years were highlighted by the trips she provided for her whole family so they could be together over Christmas and other special occasions. It was so important for her to have her family together that she sent them all plane tickets to a chosen destination to make sure it happened.
Betty is survived by her son Daniel and his wife Virginia of Hawaii, daughter-in-law Karla of Grant, Neb. and daughter Cheryl and her husband Dan of Fort Collins; grandchildren Amber Kaup, Katherine Dudden, Lesley Dudden, and Bret and wife Megan Kaup; sisters Lola Frank, Margie Boatman, Barbara Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband Orville in 1990, son Larry in 2003, and brothers Leo and Donald Caskey.
Funeral Services were held Monday, Aug. 27, at the Venango Community Church, with Pastor Chris Costrini officiating.
Interment followed at the Venango Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 270 Auxiliary.