Leroy Hudson of Grubville, MO, departed this life in Washington, MO, on April 11, 2016, having reached the age of seventy-six years and six days. Leroy was born in Gatewood, MO, on April 5, 1940, son of Leaman Hudson and Leona Hudson nee Redus, known to all as Onie. On August 20, 1966, he was united in marriage to Lillie Nadine Davis nee Powell and three children came to bless this union and their families were joined as one. On September 4, 2014, he was united in marriage to Linda Lou Keelin nee Hampton.
Leroy is survived by his wife, Linda Hudson of High Ridge, MO; by his children, Patricia Hoffman and fiancee, Ken Berghoff, of Pacific, MO, Tina Brown and husband, Joseph, of Stoutsville, MO, Pamela Akins and husband, Bradford, of Grubville, MO, Edmond Davis, Jr. of Pacific, Linda Sue Payne and husband, Glennon, of St. Louis, MO, and Sandra Davis and boyfriend, George Wheeler, Jr., of St. Clair, MO; by Linda's children, James Keelin and wife, Julie, of High Ridge, MO and Robert Keelin and wife, Veronica, of DeSoto, MO; by his brothers, Louie Hudson and wife, Donna, and Lonnie Hudson and wife, Ruth, both of Doniphan, MO, Leon Hudson and wife, Linda, of Cedar Hill, MO and Lynn Hudson and wife, Janie, of Doniphan; by eighteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, one brother-in-law, one sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, Leaman and Onie Hudson; and by his wife, Lillie Hudson.
Leroy was a Christian believing in the Lord as his Savior, having been baptized in the Eleven Point River in Doniphan, MO. He was proud to have served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army, entering on July 10, 1963 and receiving his honorable discharge on July 9, 1965. During his working years he was employed as a welder for Nooter Corporation in St. Louis, MO, retiring after thirty-two years of service. He was also a member and retiree of the International Brotherhood of Boilermaker's, Local 27 of St. Louis. Leroy was an outdoorsman at heart and loved to go hunting and gigging. He enjoyed working in his yard and mowing grass. He also had a love for tractors, especially John Deere and Farmall tractors. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will live in their hearts forever.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 4:00 PM Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Harold Harrison officiating. Interment was at 1:00 PM Friday, April 15, 2016, at New Home Cemetery in Gatewood, MO. Memorials may be made to the family.