He came into this world by way of Benjamin and Eva (Suits) Hudson on August 8, 1926 in Grand Haven, Michigan and, except for the time he spent serving his country during World War II, lived his entire life there.
He had one older sister, Edith Wennersten, and four older brothers: Benjamin, Albert, Donald, and Earnest, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his sisters Emily Brown and Betty Verberkmoes.
He joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and fought at the battle of Iwo Jima. After leaving that island, he determined the most valuable endeavor he could engage in for the rest of his life would be that of raising and nurturing a family.
On August 23, 1947, he married the love of his life and dance partner, Eldora Ruth “Doddie” Williams, and the family began! Over the course of the next 21 years, 5 sons were born: Randy (Julie) Hudson, Kevin (Jeri Lynn) Hudson, Michael Hudson, Shawn Hudson, and Paul (Jennifer) Hudson. Later, they were blessed with 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, bringing him and Doddie great joy! One granddaughter, Jessica Joyce Hudson, and his beautiful wife preceded him in death.
Jack served the body of Christ at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ for many years as usher, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, and council member. He further served his community as a member of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department — mounted division, along with his trusted mount “Tony.”
After the needs of his wife and family were met, he enjoyed horseback riding, shooting and reloading, archery, woodworking, reading a good Western, genealogy, and “low-stakes” poker with friends. He could also swim and “yell” just like his childhood hero Tarzan (the Johnny Weissmuller edition, of course!). We love you and we will miss you very much Dad (Grandpa)! Thanks for all you taught us and for living what you taught!
The family would like to thank Hospice of North Ottawa Community and the Hospice staff at Heartwood Lodge for their care and support.
A memorial service to Honor Jack will be held at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Grand Haven. Date and time to be announced at a later date. Please visit www.clockfuneralhome.com to leave a memory or sign the online guestbook.