Bruce was born to his parents, Stephen and Emma Dudas, on January 7, 1944, in Passaic, N.J., and passed with his loving family beside him in Bakersfield, Calif., on September 3, 2018.
Bruce attended elementary and junior high school in New Jersey and graduated from high school in Oahu, HI. Upon graduating, he entered into his military career with the United States Air Force. Bruce married his first wife, Sandra, and a son, Danny, was born to them while stationed in Crete, Greece, for 1 1/2 years. They transferred to San Antonio, TX, for 1 1/2 years. Upon his discharge from the USAF, the family moved to South Gate, Calif., in 1966.
Bruce worked as a plater for Lockheed and later for TRW, later working for HBS Equipment as a salesperson for plating equipment, where he met his second wife, Debra Lynn, in 1980, and they were married on January 17, 1981.
The newlyweds and their sons, Danny Dudas, Curtis Lawson and Jason Lawson moved to Lake Isabella, Calif., in July 1981. Bruce then started working for Bakersfield Air Conditioning Supply in Bakersfield, Calif., in October 1981 and enjoyed a 36 1/2 year career with this company before retiring in June of 2016. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed soon after with Alzheimer’s and spent the last 2 years at home with his wife, Debra, before his passing.
Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Stephen and Emma Dudas; his brother, Aurther Dudas; and his sister, Dorothy Ulrich. He was also predeceased by his father-in-law, Harry Greenland, in February of 2018.
Bruce is survived by his wife of over 37 years, Debra Dudas; sons Danny Dudas and wife Frances, Curtis Lawson and wife Sheila, and Jason Lawson and fiancé Jennifer Lupercio; five grandchildren, Jordan, Haley, Jeremy, Kyle and Jewel; mother-in-law Alene Greenland; brothers-in-law Skip Ulrich, Alex Greenland and wife Tammy, and Mike Greenland; sister-in-law Karen Rager and husband Don; God-daughter and niece Gwenn Lebediz; too many to mention, numerous nephews and nieces who loved him dearly, and first wife, Sandra Dudas.
Bruce was liked by all he met for his great sense of humor, and his kind and loving nature. He loved and adored and was so proud of his family and friends, who, in turn, loved him greatly.
Bruce will be truly missed. He left this world quiet and peaceful as the man he was.
“You will be with us like a hand print on our hearts.” Forever, till we meet again.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the family’s home from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 2008 Pecos Ave., Lake Isabella, CA, 93240, with lots of Bruce’s favorite foods, and we hope you will come by, hang out, and bring your favorite memory of Bruce to share with family and friends.