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William Kenneth Hudson

1927 - 2018

William Kenneth Hudson, a strong Christian, a devoted husband, a proud father and grandfather, a happy graduate of West Virginia Tech, and good big brother, passed away February 22, 2018 in Oregon. He was born in 1927 in Gallagher, West Virginia to Clarence Hudson and Nancy Ellen Thompson Hudson.

After his family moved to Oak Hill, Kenneth graduated from Oak Hill High School and joined the Army. He was the first in his family to attend college, and he earned a degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery. He always cherished fond memories of this wonderful school and acknowledged what a great education he received there. He enjoyed reading history, and was a life-long learner. In addition to his degree from Tech, Ken returned to night school and, in time, earned four equivalent bachelor degrees.

Ken married the love of his life, Jean Moore from Mullens, W. Va. He always valued Jean’s intelligence and good heart. For Ken, Jean embodied the verse from Proverbs, “She is more precious than jewels.” Jean and Ken moved to Philadelphia where he began his professional career; he retired from Allied Chemical. In time, they created their home in Levittown, Pennsylvania where they raised their children, Myron, Brian, and Laura.

Myron and Suzy Hudson are the parents of Zeke and Lily Hudson, and they live in Ashland, Oregon.

Brian and Karen Hudson are the parents of Carissa Hudson; Ian Smith and his wife, Kristin; and Zachery Smith. With the exception of Carissa who lives in Philadelphia, the Brian Hudson family lives in Warminster, Pa.

Laura Hudson wed Rick Marshall, and they now live in Ashland, Ore. They are the parents of Aislyn Marshall who lives in Leadville, Colorado.

In time, Ken and Jean Hudson joined their Oregon family members. Wherever they lived, Jean and Ken became active members of their church. Ken served as a deacon in his church, and he took special joy in volunteering for Vacation Bible School. He was also active in the Boy Scouts.

His sisters describe Ken as a “good big brother.” He always protected them and championed them. Those sisters are Agnes Williams, Sue Koone, and Nancy Newberry, all of Oak Hill.

Ken leaves behind many nieces and nephews in whose lives he played a special role. As his niece, Polly Williams Charbonneau said, “If we did not have an Uncle Ken, we would have had to invent him.” Those nieces and nephews who have their roots in Oak Hill include Susan, Kelly, John, Polly, and Gary Kenneth Williams, who was named for both of his mother’s brothers; Ed Koone and Tara Tygrett; and Felicia McKinney.

Ken grieved the loss of his younger brother, Gary Russell Hudson to cancer. His death was especially poignant because it fell on Kenneth’s birthday. Kenneth is also survived by his sister-in-law, Jan Hudson and niece, Garalynn Hudson. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Gayle Koone of Oak Hill.

His late brother-in-law, Kelly Ross Williams Sr., admired Ken for his bright mind.

From his wife’s side of the family, Ken is survived by Cathi and Mike Sheneman of Denton, Texas; Jeanne Moore and Arthur Bell of Port Townsend, Washington; and Lance and Shellie Moore of Langley, Wash.

People will gather at 10 a.m. March 10 at Eagle Point Community Bible Church in Eagle Point, Ore., to celebrate Ken’s life. Veterans will also conduct an interment service for the family at 11 a.m. March 14 at Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore. To send messages to the family, send an e-mail to jeannken@ashlandhome.net or mail to Jean Hudson at 900 Skylark Place, Room 217, Ashland, OR 97520.