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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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  • April 19
    'Cinderella' musical at BCHS
    2 p.m. BCHS, 235 School House Lane
  • April 19
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    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • April 20
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    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • April 20
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    6 p.m., 7 p.m. Sprunica Elementary School, 3611 Sprunica Road
  • April 20
    BC Public Library Board of Trustees
    6 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 20
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    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
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    Nashville Development Review Commission hearing
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
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    CSCD Board of Directors
    7 p.m. CSLOA Clubhouse, 8751 Nineveh Road
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    Art of poetry program for children
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 22
    BC Parks & Rec Board
    5:15 p.m. Parks & Rec Office, 1001 Deer Run Lane
  • April 22
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • April 23
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 23
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • April 23
    'McFarland, USA' at the Playhouse
    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
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    Morel Mushroom Festival kickoff at music park
    from 7 p.m. Bill Monroe Music Park, 5163 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
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    Bingo
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    'McFarland, USA' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • April 24
    Annual library plant sale
    3 to 6 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 24
    Morel Mushroom Festival at music park
    9 a.m. to midnight Bill Monroe Music Park, 5163 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • April 25
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • April 25
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • April 25
    Wildflower foray slated at historic site
    TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
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    3 to 5 p.m. Chateau Thomas Winery, Coachlight Square, 225 S. Van Buren St.
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    Youth art show award presentation
    1 to 5 p.m. BC Art Guild, 48 S. Van Buren St.
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    9 a.m. until all sold Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
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    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. fairgrounds
  • April 25
    Annual library plant sale
    9 a.m. to noon Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 25
    Morel Mushroom Festival at music park
    9 a.m. to midnight Bill Monroe Music Park, 5163 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
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    Wildflower foray slated at historic site
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    'McFarland, USA' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • April 26
    Morel Festival gospel service at music park
    10 a.m. Bill Monroe Music Park, 5163 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
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    BC Alcoholic Beverage Board
    11 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
    BC Area Plan Commission
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • April 29
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • April 30
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
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    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
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