Robert Anthony Dudek, 74, of Wilmington, died Monday, June 6, 2016, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born February 15, 1942, in Chicago, the son of the late Anthony Charles Dudek and Julia Katherine Kalinowski.
Born and raised in Chicago, Ill., Bob attended Lane Tech High School, University of Illinois, Champaign (B.S., M.S. Civil/Structural Engineering), and De Paul University (MBA). His engineering career took him from Chicago to Houston, to Raleigh, and to Wilmington, where he had been residing since 1989. After working for McKim and Creed and Right Angle Engineering in Wilmington, he opened his own structural engineering business, Dudek Consulting PC.
Bob’s favorite radio stations were Relevant Radio and National Public Radio. As a devout Catholic, he enjoyed 30 years of teaching 6th grade Old Testament classes at the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary and former parishes. He was an extremely creative person and built many projects for the grandchildren and his own children and created rules for games that would bring the family together, like his infamous Lego Soccer Tournament. He enjoyed local, national and world travel, reading, coaching, playing fantasy football, watching Hoggard High School football, soccer at all levels, studying Civil War battlegrounds and family times. He touched many lives and will be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Dudek Schneider.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy (Tivnan) Dudek; four children, Katherine Woodard (Tom), Col. Daniel J. Dudek (Megan), Andrews K. Dudek (Blake Faulkner) and Sarah Dudek; grandchildren, Ted, Caleb, Eli, Chet Woodard, Cameron Jordan and Opal Dudek; niece, Deborah Schneider; and numerous extended family members.
Family members will be hosting a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Andrew’s Mortuary on College Road. A memorial Mass will be held in his honor at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 11, at the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary.
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