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Roy Hudson, 88, Bloomington

Roy died at his Bloomington home, which he shared with his daughter, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. Roy was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 1923. He spent most of his childhood and youth on the family farm located in the Moberly, Mo., area (Ash and Madison). He worked on his family farm with his five siblings, plowing fields behind Jiggs, the family mule, and hunting with his brother, Sam. At an early age, he became curious about how things worked and learned to make radios from scraps found in the barn. He installed electricity in his parents’ home and used the fence wire to create a telephone connection to a neighbor. He could repair anything.

After graduating from high school in Madison, Mo., Roy served in WWII with the Signal Air Corps attached to the U.S. Army. He entered Europe by way of the beaches of Normandy and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he met and married his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Brazeal.

Roy entered the University of Missouri under the G.I. Bill while Dorothy worked in the administrative office. They saved pennies to enable Roy to graduate from the University of Missouri with a degree in electrical engineering. After graduation, he and Dorothy moved to Mishawaka, where Roy worked for many years as an engineer at Bendix. They raised their children in Mishawaka. He was a devoted dad who built stilts and a skateboard for his children. He installed a plexiglass window in a wooden rowboat so they could watch the fish.

In 1970, Roy and Dorothy moved to Bloomington, where Roy worked as an engineer at the Crane naval center. After retirement, Roy and Dorothy traveled throughout the United States in their RV, visiting most of the national parks of the western U.S. When not traveling, they loved refinishing and making furniture. Dorothy would buy a broken-down piece of furniture; Roy would reassemble it; and together they would refinish this new treasure for their children and grandchildren. Many of these beautiful furniture pieces are now cherished possessions. Roy also made many pieces of furniture from “scratch,” creating beautiful tables from a walnut log.

Roy loved seeing things grow. Throughout his life, he and Dorothy had a large garden. And, how he loved his sweet corn! In 2006, they moved to the east side of Bloomington. Although he had to give up large gardens, he grew beautiful flowers and walked around the outside of the house regularly to inspect and tend to the various bushes and plants.

In recent years, Roy accepted with grace the challenge of declining health and the death of his wife. It is hard to sum up a man’s life in a few words. To have known Roy is to have known an extraordinary ordinary man. His life reflected his core values: kindness, humility, grace, forgiveness, gratefulness, loyalty, honesty, courage and integrity. Family always came first. He was devoted to his children and grandchildren and, most of all, to his wife, Dorothy.

Roy was predeceased by all five of his siblings; his wife, Dorothy, in 2009; his son, Kevin, in 1985; and his granddaughter, Kate, in 2004. He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Comiskey (Steven) of Nashville and Barbara Hudson of Bloomington (formerly from Kensington, Md.). He is also survived by his grandson, Daniel Comiskey (Kayla Goodfellow) of Indianapolis.

Special thanks to Roy’s kind physicians and their staffs and to his compassionate caregivers (especially Elder Care Connection). These individuals worked together as a team that enabled Roy to remain at home (as he so desired) throughout the final year of his life.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 with the Rev. Wendy Vanderzee officiating at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St., Bloomington. Entombment will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until service time at The Funeral Chapel.

Online condolences can be made to the family at www.pdcfuneralchapel.com.

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  • September 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 5
    "Rounding Third" at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 6
    'Ant-Man' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 7
    'Ant-Man' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 7
    Government offices CLOSED
  • September 8
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 8
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    CSCD Roads, Security commissions
    6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. CSCD Office, 8377 Cordry Drive, CSLOA Clubhouse, 8751 Nineveh Road
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 8
    Nashville Parking & Public Facilities
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 10
    'Ant-Man' at the Playhouse
    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 10
    Nashville Arts & Entertainment Commission
    10 a.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 11
    "Rounding Third" at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 12
    Bible camp planned
    8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 5802 Old Settlers Road behind Brownie's restaurant
  • September 12
    "Rounding Third" at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 12
    Beer and live music at inn
    12:30 to 4 p.m. Story Inn, 6404 State Road 135 South
  • September 12
    Live birds of prey at fundraiser
    5 to 9 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • September 12
    Concert, dinner for emergency services
    7 p.m., 8 p.m. to midnight Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • September 13
    'Ant-Man' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 14
    Beeline beekeepers club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 15
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 17
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 26
    CCC reunion slated at state park
    10:30 a.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane