Obituary: Richard Hudelson, 78, of Hannibal

Richard Hudelson
Posted: Dec. 31, 2018 2:53 pm

Richard Hudelson, 78, of Hannibal, passed away at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. Rev. Scott Hawes will assist with services. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal.

Friends and family are invited to Richard’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Richard was born Dec. 21, 1940, in Hannibal, to Claude Hudelson Sr. and Minnie Ruth Dixon Hudelson.

He was married to Mary Ann Willis on Sept. 30, 1960 in Hannibal. She preceded him in death Oct. 4, 2018.

Survivors include two sons, Bradley W. Hudelson (Beth) of Hannibal, and James "Kent" Hudelson (Tracey) of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Jerry Hudelson of Hannibal; one sister, Marilyn Peer of Hannibal; five grandchildren, Megan Gilbert (Michael), Molly Hedges (Patrick), Ethan Hudelson (Hanna) Jessica Crouch (Nick), and James Hudelson (Dana); and four great-grandchildren, Addilyn Hedges, Isabella Crouch, Caroline Hudelson, Alijah Hudelson and one expectant great-grandchild. Richard is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Richard is also preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and six sisters.

Professionally, Richard worked as a control operator for BASF (American Cyanamid) for over 31 years.

Away from work, Richard loved to be outdoors. An avid deer hunter, Richard always enjoyed deer season. Richard was also an active fisherman, fishing for catfish and crappie often at Mark Twain Lake and Lake of the Ozarks. A gifted “green thumb,” each year Richard raised a large vegetable garden. St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and University of Missouri Tiger Football and Basketball were a few of Richard’s favorite teams to follow. Watching old westerns, fish fries and old-time gospel music were also pleasures that Richard always enjoyed. Most of all however, Richard cherished the time he shared with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Richard attended Southside Baptist Church of Hannibal, where he was a deacon at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospital or the Loaves and Fishes Ministry.

Pallbearers will be Bill Forbis, Greg Keim, Rod DePriest, David Tischer, Eric Pullman and Justin Brown.

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