Dudley Frank Stegge


Dudley Frank Stegge

Cedar Point, Chase County, Kansas, USA
Death 7 Jan 1992 (aged 68)
Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA
Plot 8, 0, 449
Military RM3, US NAVY
Memorial ID 1219290 View Source
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DECEMBER 23, 2012

Dudley Stegge had passion for Southern

After back-to-back undefeated seasons as Carl Junction High School's football coach, Dudley Stegge came to Joplin Junior College in 1951 to coach football and track.

Stegge coached at the junior college until 1964 when he became dean of students. From 1967-69 he was dean of students at Missouri Southern, then director of the student union from 1969 until he retired in 1980 after 29 years at the college.

"He was well respected and did a good job," said Glenn Dolence, a former colleague at Missouri Southern. "I enjoyed working with him. He supported me 100 percent.

"Dudley recruited me at one time to come to Joplin Junior College when I graduated from high school in 1954. I went to Missouri Valley because I had a scholarship to go to (there). At Joplin Junior College, if you didn't make the first 18 or 20, you didn't have a scholarship, and to be quite honest, I knew if I didn't have a scholarship, I had no way of paying my fees."

"Dudley Stegge had a passion for football," said Jim Frazier, former Missouri Southern football coach and athletics director. "He had a passion for Missouri Southern, and I think he was a real fan of our football program.

"He was very generous and friendly to me. He and his wife welcomed me to Missouri Southern with open arms."

Stegge served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946, then played college football at Kansas State and Pittsburg State. He lettered for the Gorillas in 1946-47 and then began his coaching career at Carl Junction in 1948.

He was at Carl Junction for four years. His football team went 8-0 in 1950 and 7-0-1 in 1951, winning the TriCounty League title both years. Other Tri-League members were Sarcoxie, Jasper, Greenfield, Marionville, Pierce City, Alba and Miller.

Stegge died on Jan. 7, 1992, at the age of 68.




Dudley Frank Stegge, 68, Joplin, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1992, at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, after a long illness. He was born Jan. 23, 1923, at Cedar Point, Kan., the son of Frank W. and Celin Patton Stegge. He spent his early life at Eureka, Kan., and moved to Joplin from Carl Junction, Mo., in 1950. He married Mary Jean Moore Sept. 7, 1947, at Fort Scott.

In 1948, Mr. Stegge received his bachelors of education and in 1953, his masters of administration, both from Pittsburg State University. He lettered in football at PSU and Kansas State University. He was football and basketball coach and teacher at Carl Junction from 1948-51. From 1951-64 he was head football and track coach at Joplin Junior College. In 1964 he became Dean of Students at Jasper County Junior College. From 1967-69 he was Dean of Students at Missouri Southern State College. He was Director of the MSSC Union from 1969 until his retirement in 1980 after 29 years with the college.

Mr. Stegge was a member of the PSU Letterman's Club, Phi Sigma Epsilon and Phi Theta Kappa fraternities and Joplin Elks Lodge. He was a former member of the Carl Junction Lions Club and American Legion. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a daughter, Kathy Stegge Wright, Kansas City, Mo.; a twin brother, Donald M. Stegge, Pleasanton; and a sister, Doris Evans, Meigs, Ga.

The Rev. Gary Thomas will conduct services at 11 a.m. Friday at the Parker Mortuary, 1502 Joplin Street, Joplin, Mo.

A private interment will be Friday afternoon in Fort Scott National Cemetery.

Pallbearers are James K. Maupin, Floyd Belk, Don Gross, Wendell Redden and Paul Shipman.

Memorials may be made to the Missouri Southern State College Athletic Department Football Scholarship Fund, Duquesne and Newman Roads, Joplin, Mo. 64801.


Donald Stegge (1923 - 1997)

Doris Evans (1925 - 2005)

Both Dudley and Don were all-conference linemen at Pittsburg in both 1946 and 1947.

Dudley a member of the MSSU Lions Hall of Fame and was named as one of the most influential individuals in MSSU history by the Joplin Globe December 2012.


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