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Dudley R. Chamberlin, 91, of Midland, passed away in his sleep after a lengthy illness on January 24, 2020 at Plainview Assisted Living in Auburn. He was born on August 21, 1928 to the late Melvin and Harriet (Marcy) Chamberlin. On January 30, 1954 he married Bonnie Woodcock and they shared 65 wonderful years together.

Dudley served honorably in the United States Army; being stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. Dudley was a math teacher, teaching at Central Intermediate and then Dow High School; retiring in 1993.

During his time at Dow High, Dudley served as sporting event ticket manager. Dudley had a special love of music; playing the coronet for the Midland Concert Band, Chemical City Band and the Blast from The Past. He enjoyed bowling and was an avid spectator of MSU, U of M, Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Lions games. Especially he loved his family and their pets. He loved all the cats and dogs his kids dragged home through the years and he even dragged home a few himself!

Dudley is survived by his wife, Bonnie, children, Jeffery Chamberlin, David Chamberlin, Mary Lynne Chamberlin and Catherine Chamberlin (Howard McCready). He is also survived by his brother, Donovan and nieces and nephew; Donna Weisberger (Edward), Mike (Libby) Chamberlin, Marcy Chamberlin (Tom Sullivan), and brother-in-law, Lynn Woodcock.

Per Dudley’s wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date this spring.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to please consider the Midland Humane Society.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Chamberlin family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Chris Berry

    05 February 2020 9 months ago

    Warm thoughts and memories go out to you, Bonnie, Mary, Cathy, Jeff, & David. I can only think of the passing of Dudley as a life well-lived. Dudley led a life of service to others and I remember many a Saturday morning when I would drop by Dudley’s basement study and he would be grading his stacks of geometry tests, but he would always let me interrupt and show an interest in whatever topic I was dragging in that day. Dudley always could be counted on a positive outlook, a kind word, or a witty observation. He was never rushed and never annoyed. I went on also to teach geometry and I am sure his professionalism and kindness were an example I tried to emulate. What a gift and what fun it was for me to always drop in and visit with the whole Chamberlin Household. My thoughts are with all of you. My hope is that the many, many, many good memories give you comfort. Rest In Peace, Dudley.

  2. Marka Inman West

    04 February 2020 9 months ago

    My favorite high school teacher, he really took the time to make sure I got It and because of him math finally made sense, RIP Mr. Chamberlin and thanks

  3. Anonymous

    03 February 2020 9 months ago

    To the family… if you want to see how much dad was loved, go to Midland Then And Now on Facebook and see what his former students had to say about him.

  4. Alice Adams

    02 February 2020 9 months ago

    Our condolences on the passing of Dudley. The Adams Family of Midland

  5. Joe DuFort

    02 February 2020 9 months ago

    He was a great teacher it is a pleasure to have known him when I was in high school. Well wishes to the family in this time of need

  6. Sandy & Rob

    02 February 2020 9 months ago

    Dudley was such a wonderful man. When we moved into the neighborhood 12 years ago, he was the first friend we made because he was always outside walking his pets. He loved our toddlers and they loved him from the start. We always walked to Mr. Dudley’s house to see if he was outside. As the years rolled on, we always looked for him and enjoyed our time visiting. He was a treasure. Some of our greatest memories when our family was young was our walks in our neighborhood which usually included a Mr. Dudley visit. Praying for the whole family. He was special.

  7. Cheryl Collins

    29 January 2020 9 months ago

    Mr. Chamberlin was one of my favorite teachers. He always made math fun and was such a kind person. He will be missed!

  8. Mary Anne Card Walker

    28 January 2020 9 months ago

    Mr. Chamberlin was one of the Favorite “Daddy’s” of our neighborhood. Although we never called him by his first name, we all knew it, and somehow “Dudley” made him sound like one of us. A kid at heart, Mr. Chamberlin always had a glowing smile on his face and was ready with laughter and teasing when he arrived home from work. Growing up on Harrison Street with Chamberlin’s red house as the heart of our play, it was due to Bonnie & Dudley’s warmth and love to all us kids, that made it pulse. When our dog Mitzi had a litter of pups, “Charlie” was adopted into the Chamberlin’s Family, that made us feel even closer – like cousins! Because of Mr. Chamberlin our neighborhood was made a whole lot sweeter! Thanks for all the sweet memories! May you Rest In Peace until Resurrection Morning when Jesus calls you home! ♥️🙏

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