Kenneth Richard Dudley of Benton, Maine, passed away unexpectedly on February 8, 2011, at home at the age of 80. Ken was born in Augusta on December 2, 1930, to the late Albert and Mary (Brawn) Dudley. He attended school in Smithfield and Fairfield. He joined the Army in February of 1952 and served during the Korean Conflict with the 45th Infantry, 158th Field Artillery, where he received the Bronze Star. He was honorable discharged in September 1953. He started a long career in construction with C.C. Church Construction in Benton, Maine in 1948. He then worked for several local companies until going to work for Cianchette Brothers Construction (Cianbro) in the early sixties when he began a 25 plus year career working on bridges, dams, and power plants from Maine to Florida as a heavy equipment operator/mechanic. He continued to use his knowledge and road construction skills by serving as Road Commissioner for the Town of Benton for the past 11 years. He was a member of Siloam Lodge No 92 A.F. & A.M. in Fairfield,Maine where he was Past Master in 1968 & 1969. He was also a 33rd degree Mason. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6924 in Fairfield, where he served as Commander & Past Commander for several years. He was instrumental in the reconstruction project of the new post home. He remained actively involved in the Posts activities; most recently as a trustee. He was predeceased by a sister Judy; his second wife Joanne; and special companion Erma Hunt. Ken is survived by his first wife and the mother of his children Almedia (Mitzi) Dudley of Benton; a son Kenneth Jr. and wife Jill of Mobile, Alabama, his daughter, Kathe Bolster and husband Larry and their children Angela of Benton, Larry II and his wife Meridith and their daughter Madison of Bangor, his daughter Karen Robbins and her husband Chester (Chet) and their children Chad of Clinton and Lauren of East Hamstead, NH; a brother Albion (Bob) Dudley of Benton and a sister Joyce McElravy of Fairfield. He is also survived by stepchildren Marjorie Bryant, Shelley, Allen & Jeff Monteith and their families. He will be missed by many special friends, which include Arthur Thompson, Bob Morrissette, Dianne & Bob Libby and the extended family of Erma Hunt. The family wishes to invite friends to join them at a reception to celebrate his life on Sunday, February 20, 2011, from 1-3 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6924 in Fairfield, Maine. Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, Maine.