Gilbert Wren Hudson Sr., 85, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 5:20 a.m., Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.
Gilbert was born July 1, 1935, in Marion County, Mo., to Everett C. and Anna Shear Hudson. He was married to Ruth Louise Bockhold on Feb. 14, 1953 in Palmyra. She preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 2011. They shared 57 wonderful years together.
Survivors include his children, Gilbert W. “Bud” (Rosie) Hudson Jr., Cathy (Gary) Williams, Dotty (Joe) McElvain, Ann (Kirk) Bross, Helen (Doug) Chostner, Andy (Kathy Deters) Hudson, Roche (Tammy) Hudson, Carol (Rodney) Miller and Bill (Kim) Hudson; 24 grandchildren, Ben Hudson, David Hudson, Aaron Hudson, Luke Mahsman, Kassie McLaughlin, Roth McElvain, Katie Green, Sarah Taylor, Chris Chostner, Allison Chostner, Jessica Ellingsworth, Alexis Cunningham, Gretchan Hudson, Holden Hudson, Mason Hudson, Tony Hudson, Samantha Gruenloh, Allaina Hudson, Lance Hudson, Tiffany Hultz, Tom Miller, Trevor Miller, Bridget Hudson and Hope Hudson, several step-grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and three more on the way; brothers, Kenneth Hudson and Ted (Theresa) Hudson; sisters, Alma Johnston and Marie Thorington; sisters-in-law, Virginia Hudson and Janet Hudson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth L. Hudson; one great-grandson, Logan Wren Hudson; and siblings, Arthur, Margaret, Clarence, Urban, Paul, Harold and Herman Hudson.
Gilbert was a lifelong farmer in Marion County. He retired from MoDOT after 22 years. He raised registered Quarter Horses for over 50 years, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was especially proud of his grandchildren.
Gilbert was a former member of Skyview Saddle Club of Hannibal, and a member of the Registered American Quarter Horse Association.
Gilbert attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra.
There will be a private family only visitation at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m., Saturday Jan. 30, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra. Father Matt Flatley and deacon Luke Mahsman will officiate.
The public is invited to the burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Palmyra.
Pallbearers will be David Hudson, Roth McElvain, Chris Chostner, Holden Hudson, Tony Hudson and Trevor Miller.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorials be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be shared, and video tribute viewed at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com.