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Russell Keith Hudson

May 9, 1931 June 28, 2018
Russell Keith Hudson
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Russell Keith Hudson lived a life full of family, faith and fun. He passed away after a long illness on June 28, 2018 surrounded by his beloved wife Dolores and beautiful daughters Sharon and Diane, and entered peacefully into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior. Russ was the son of Perpetua (Peggy) Rachel Gribnau (Hudson) and Gail Lincoln Hudson, born on May 9, 1931 in Dickinson, ND. The family moved to Hermiston, OR when he was ten years old. He graduated from Hermiston High School where he distinguished himself as a champion on the debate team, as the president of his class, and as a letterman in football, basketball and track and field. He then attended the University of Oregon before enlisting in the Air Force to serve his country for four years during the Korean War. After discharge, he returned to his parent’s home in Hermiston where he married an old friend who had also just returned to her parent’s home after four years away at Eastern Oregon University and a year in Portland. Russ and Dolores married on August 6, 1955 and had a wonderful sixty-three years together.
Most of Russ’ career was with IBM, moving from Oregon to California, Arizona, New York, and then eventually to Boulder, CO where they stayed to raise their family. Russ had an amazing and inquisitive mind, he was well-read, a deep thinker and prayed regularly. There was not a crossword or Sudoku puzzle that stumped him. Part of their daily ritual was watching popular game shows like “Wheel of Fortune” and “Who Wants to be Millionaire” where he usually knew the answers! He had a penchant for writing things down that he wanted to ponder or remember, and he always had a pocket full of “old sayings I just made up” ready to share. The small-town values he learned as a child never left him, and he longed for such meaning and stability for our country. Russ had a passion for what he believed was right and backed up what he believed. His email following of friends cherished his point of view.

Russ and Dolores were very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, CO for many years, he as an usher, she as a Deacon, and both as Christian lay counselors. They also found great joy in hosting the college youth ministry. After they moved to Spokane, WA in 1990, they became very involved in First Presbyterian Church of Spokane where Russ served as leader of the Deacons as well as various other roles. Many remember him as the one who served coffee or lemonade between Sunday Services.
One of his favorite parts of First Pres was the men’s Bible study group. He was always ready to join them for fellowship and learning, even early in the morning, and he wasn’t a morning person!

Russ will be remembered for his gentle but firm approach to life, his unmatched intellect, and his caring for doing the right thing and using common sense. A memorial gathering open house will be held on Tuesday, July 10th from 2-4pm in the Fireside Room at First Presbyterian Church of Spokane. All are invited to attend this celebration of his life. 318 South Cedar Street, Spokane, WA, 99201

The family would like to take this opportunity to express their gratitude for all the help received from Hospice nurses and caregivers. With help from friends and church family, a multitude of very precise needs has been and continues to be met. Each of you is a special blessing to the family.

Any future correspondences for Dolores Hudson may be mailed to 9907 Cleaver Ct. Raleigh, NC 27617

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