STEVENSVILLE — Dudley Stewart Chilcott, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Dudley was born to George and Barbara Chilcott on May 24, 1959, followed 11 minutes later by his twin brother Greg. He grew up on the family ranch south of Stevensville with his older brothers Gary and John and foster brother Bill Kittrell. Dudley participated in competitive athletics from a very early age and demonstrated considerable talent in boxing, wrestling and football. Dudley graduated from Stevensville High School and Western Montana College (UM Western) with a bachelor's in secondary education (Industrial Arts).
As a teenager, Dudley worked summer jobs in Anchorage, Alaska. This was the beginning of his love of the adventure of bush Alaska living. After graduating from college he accepted a teaching position 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Noatak, Alaska. While there he embraced a true Alaskan lifestyle while helping set the course for the high school students to lead a good and successful life. After several years he moved south to Kotzebue, Alaska (33 miles north of the Arctic Circle) accepting a position at the Kotzebue Technical Center, (a post-secondary vocational training facility). While teaching in Kotzebue, Dudley and his brothers started businesses in South Naknek, Alaska. It was there that Dudley met the love of his life, Betty Trefon. They soon married and continued living in Kotzebue. Their two children, Justin and Britney, were born in Anchorage. Seven years later, Dudley accepted a position at Illisagvik College in Barrow, Alaska, where they spent the next five years.
Dudley left his position as Dean of Vocational Education to join his brother Gary and work with their family company. He moved to Valley City, North Dakota, for four years where he helped expand the company to a nationwide concern. Dudley had the ability to conceptualize, draft, construct structures and then manage the business within. He and Gary sold the company in 2008.
Dudley finally moved home to Stevensville where he built a beautiful home for his family. Deni Draper joined their family. Dudley loved his family without limit. He and Betty spent many weekends traveling wherever Justin, Britney and Deni were competing in sports. Britney's volleyball took them all around the U.S. and he enjoyed every minute of it. Dudley's business interests also kept him busy in western North Dakota.
There are many ways to describe Dudley but they would all include: humble, generous, thoughtful, loyal, honest and wise. Dudley had a quiet grace that provided comfort and confidence to all that had the pleasure of knowing him. If family member, a friend or even a complete stranger asked for assistance, Dudley always provided it. Dudley enjoyed working with his hands and was very talented in woodworking, building and welding.
Dudley has been greeted at heaven's gate by his loving parents George and Barbara Chilcott, his brother John and other close and loving family and friends.
Dudley is survived by his wife of 30 years, Betty; their children Justin and Britney; foster son Deni Draper; his brothers Gary (Trish) Chilcott [nieces and nephews Christie (Monty Lambert), Tanya (Patrick Browne), Lance Albert (Theresa), Brian (Kenley)], and Greg (Vickie) Chilcott [niece and nephew Kira (Yorney), John (Brandi)]; foster brother Bill (Loretta) Kittrell [niece and nephews Jessica, Billy, Christopher, Matthew, and Michael “Taco”]; mother-in-law Irene Trefon; sisters-in-law Mary Ann (Jim) Stevens [nieces and nephew Amy (Aaron) DeBruhl, Janine, Kristen, Tyler], Sophia (Mike) Siefken; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and many cousins in Minnesota, Iowa, Idaho and North Dakota.
A memorial celebration of Dudley’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Stevensville United Methodist Church, 216 College St. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at whitesittfuneralhome.com.