More detail on this person: Charles Hudson, 76, Moscow Lt. Col. Charles Franklin Hudson, Jr. (Ret.) U.S. Army, passed away at his home in Moscow Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005. His family was with him throughout his final days as he struggled with the cancer that took him. Chuck was a soldier's soldier. He was the son of a career army officer, Charles Hudson Sr., and a southern belle, Elisabeth Riviere Hudson. Born at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., Sept. 21, 1929, he grew up with two sisters, Bette and Lucy, in the military. The family lived all over the United States and in Panama during his father's various tours of duty. During World War II, Chuck served as a coast watcher and was very active in scouts. Music was always important to him. During high school, he played the trumpet and directed a big band. His father's final military assignment was commander of the ROTC unit at the University of Idaho in Moscow. In 1948, Chuck met his future wife, Joyce Kimberling, a Moscow native. They were married in 1949. Four years later, he graduated from the UI and ROTC with a bachelor of science degree in business and a commission in the U.S. Army. Chuck's primary focus in the military was aviation. He was both a fixed-wing and helicopter pilot. Over time, he became a senior army aviator and was awarded the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. As a Signal Corps specialist, he worked actively in Army intelligence and electronic warfare. During his 23 years of military service, he had 22 duty stations. He and his family moved all over the United States and western Europe during this time. In addition, he served in Korea and in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star for combat heroism. After retiring from the Army, Chuck and Joyce returned to Moscow. He served the community and region in a number of capacities over the years before retirement. His favorite roles were as a planner for Latah County, city manager for the city of Kamiah and a business advisor for the Small Business Development Center in both Walla Walla and Clarkston. Service to the nation, his community and church were core values for Chuck. He was active in American Legion and served a term as Commander for the Department of Idaho. He was a Mason and member of the Shrine, including Legion of Honor and Shurtah units. He was a charter member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, UI Chapter, and served as its adviser for many years. He also was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Retired Officers Association, and Elks. He was an elder of First Presbyterian Church, an avid ham radio operator and a Gritman Hospital Auxiliary volunteer. Chuck would add he was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of the Colonel's Bacon Club at the Mark IV Restaurant. Chuck and Joyce have four sons, Richard (Rocky), Tom, Ron and Mike. They also have 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Chuck's funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Monday in the First Presbyterian Church in Moscow. The graveside service will follow immediately afterward. A reception for all family and friends will begin at 3 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the charity of their choice.
Burial information: Moscow Cemetery, Moscow, ID
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