Virgil L. Hudson of Granite City, Illinois, age 90, born December 29,
1927 in Council Grove, Kansas, passed away on Tuesday, January 30,
2018 at Fountain View Manor in Granite City.
Virgil met Rosalie Nickles on the school bus when he was a Senior and
she a Freshman in High School. Their romance has lasted over 70
wonderful years. The United States Army veteran proudly served his
country during the Korean War. Rosalie stayed with him while he was
stationed in Germany. He owned and operated Hudson Jewelers and
served the community for over 70 years. He became good friends with
many customers and loved his employees as family. He never met a
stranger; he called everyone “my friend.” Virgil was extremely
generous and kind to anyone in need even strangers. He was a faithful
member of Gracepoint Pentecostal Church, a Sunday School teacher, the
Church Secretary, and the very best Choir member ever! (Note: Rosalie
was Choir Director for 25 years).
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Delos and Eva Marie
(Lauxman) Hudson; two brothers, Eugene Hudson and James Hudson;
sister-in-law, Mercedes Hudson and by a brother-in-law, Russ Herndon.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 67 years, Rosalie (Nickles) Hudson,
whom he married on July 29, 1950 in Granite City; his children, David
(Diane) Hudson of Wildwood, Missouri and John (Jane) Hudson of
Wildwood, Missouri; grandchildren, Lisa Hudson of Edwardsville and Ian
(Morgan) Hudson of Colorado; a sister, Betty Herndon of Indiana; a
brother, Leon (Vicky) Hudson of Texas; a sister-in-law, Mary Nell Hudson of
Missouri; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In lieu of floral tributes, a monetary donation may be made to Kids
with Purpose International, 334 East Lake Rd #130, Palm Harbor, FL
34685, which supports My Father’s House, Manila, Philippines orphanage, operated by
Virgil’s niece, which has placed a number of children in this area.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gracepoint Pentecostal Church, 2450 Pontoon Road in Granite City, Illinois. In celebration of Virgil’s life, services will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church with Pastor T.L. Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City is serving the family.
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