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James Richard Hudgins Sr.

Born: Tue., Aug. 23, 1932
Died: Thu., Apr. 30, 2020

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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, 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.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of the family and the community at large, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Private family services will be held this week, with burial in the Chesterton Cemetery. 


Professional arrangements are entrusted to the White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN. Memories may be shared at: www.whitelovefuneralhome.com


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Tim Harris
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
Jim was a fine and faithful man, who always seemed to be a steady hand. I admired him and am sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences and wishes for comfort are sent in my prayers for his family.

Timothy Peterson
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
My thought and prayers are with your families during this time of loss. Please take comfort in knowing that your father was a good man and good friend. I always enjoyed being with him and am grateful for the times I was with him. He will be missed.

Robin Smith
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
My deepest sympathy for your loss. It was always nice working with Jim during our Lions club events. His dedication and smile touched many lives. May you find strength and comfort during this difficult time. Rest in Peace my Lion friend.

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