James Hudson

Shelbyville – James Beverley Hudson, 83, of Shelbyville died at 8:56 p.m. Friday (Nov. 16, 2012) at his home with his family by his side.

Jim was born Dec. 4, 1928, in Shelbyville, the son of Orval J. and Wanda Reynolds Hudson. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Shelbyville.

Jim married the love of his life, Helen Renner, on Jan. 11, 1951, in Shelbyville.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Shelbyville, with the Rev. E. Wade Helmkamp officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, with military rites by Shelby County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Shelby Memorial Home Health Visiting Nurses or Shelby County Honor Guard.

James graduated from Shelbyville High School in the Class of 1947 and attended Eastern Illinois University. He was a summertime seaman on the Great Lakes in 1949, worked at Oliver Corporation from 1949-1951, was drafted into the United States Army and served from 1951-1953 in the Korean Conflict and Japan, was a machinist at Oliver Corporation from 1953-1970, and worked at Mueller Corp., Decatur, starting on Feb 23, 1971, and retiring on June 30, 1992.

He enjoyed his retirement to the fullest. Hobbies included fishing, mushroom hunting, gardening, garage sales and tinkering in his garage. He loved making steam engine parts on his metal lathe.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; son, James Jr., of Shelbyville; daughters, Julie Ferguson of Shelbyville, Denise (Neil) Montgomery of Hume, Cara (Mark) Montgomery of Shelbyville and Linda (Gary) Banning of Shelbyville;

13 grandchildren, JD Hudson, Logan Hudson, Tara Hudson, Joshua (Megan) Ferguson, Dana Ferguson, Amy Montgomery Roth, Wendy Montgomery Robinson, Ryan Montgomery, Scott Henne Jr., Kristi Montgomery Alexander, Matt Montgomery, Jennifer Banning Houck and Eric Banning; 21 great-grandchildren, Kacy Alday, Janessa and Kendall McKittrick, Jordan Hudson, Kylie and Ethan Ferguson, Hayley, John and Katie Clark, Rylie, Torie and Cooper Montgomery, Trenton Roth, Austin, Brayden, Coulton and Jillian Alexander, Hannah and Lucy Montgomery, Cole Banning and Cade Houck; sister, Mary Ellen Wheeler of Hilmar, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Hazel (Ralph) Riley of Cowden, Eva Roberts and friend Gale Clay of Shelbyville, Doreen Renner of Columbus, Ohio; brother-in-law, Raymond (Sheila) Renner of Stewardson; several nieces and nephews; and best friend, Leon Lowe of Shelbyville. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nancy Lou (Ray) Mills; brothers-in-law, Robert (Geraldine) Renner, William "Bill" Renner, Homer "Jr." Renner; and great-grandson, Jack Ferguson.

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