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Celebration of Life Saturday for James Richard Hudgins, Sr.

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James Richard Hudgins, Sr., age 87 of Chesterton, IN, born August 23, 1932, in Valparaiso, IN, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2020 at Porter Regional Hospital.

He is preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Clarabelle (Shultz) Hudgins, his first wife Arlene June (Michaels) Hudgins of 40 years, and brother Kenneth Hudgins.

He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly (Shafer) Hudgins of Chesterton, IN, his sisters, Judy Morrell of Kokomo, IN, Karen Metsker of Plymouth, IN, and Shirley Hudgins of Valparaiso, IN; his children Sharon Nelson of Chesterton, IN, (husband Randy), James R. Hudgins Jr. of Valparaiso, IN, (wife Karen), Susan Balas of Rockford, MI, (husband Craig), Mark Hudgins of Vicksburg, MI, (wife Danielle); his stepchildren: Carol Bookwalter of Fishers, IN (husband Brad), Susie McKnight of Buffalo, NY; and blessed with 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Jim proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1950-1954, where he was a Radarman aboard the USS Hickox. He received the Korean Service and United Nations Medal for his tireless efforts.

After returning home from the military, he was employed at Bailly Generating Station (NIPSCO), where he was an Instrument and Controls Supervisor for many years. He was a longtime member of the Chesterton United Methodist Church. Jim was also a member of several clubs, such as: The Tin Can Sailors- Destroyer Veterans, The American Legion Post 170, and of The Lions Club, where he was a past Volunteer of the Year recipient.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 11 a.m., at Chesterton United Methodist Church, 434 South 2nd Street, Chesterton, IN.

Private family services and a private burial were held in May.

Professional arrangements are entrusted to the White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.

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Posted 7/13/2020




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