Lifelong Alaskan Everett F. Hudson died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage after a battle with cancer. He was 61.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel on the Kenai Spur Highway. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Angelus Memorial Park on Klatt Road in Anchorage.
Mr. Hudson was born in Metlakatla on Aug. 14, 1943, to Everett and Gertrude Hudson. His early years were spent commercial fishing and logging with his father and grandfather in Southeast Alaska. He graduated from high school and attended Haskell Institute for two years. He received training at Northrup Institute for aircraft mechanics, was an A&P mechanic for Era Helicopters during the early 1970s, while the oil companies were doing survey work for the trans-Alaska pipeline route. He was employed with Amoco Production Co. for 10 years on the oil platforms in Cook Inlet as a roustabout-mechanic and then for Arco Alaska as an oilfield operator for another 10 years. He started his own halibut fishing charter in Homer, Tsimshian Halibut Charters, with the M/V Jackpot and loved fishing for "the big one." The last few years he worked as a commercial truck driver, mostly for Peak Oilfield Co.
"Everett's greatest love was for his family and, in particular, his five grandchildren, who called him 'Papa Everett.' He was very proud of his 22-year friendship with Bill W., whom he credited with saving his life. Everett was a generous man who sometimes roared like a lion, but was a big softy on the inside, and there wasn't anyone who could filet halibut like he could," his family said.
Mr. Hudson was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Judy; his daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberly and Patrick Kinnebrew and Kandice and Jackson Meyer; grandchildren, Braden and Cameron Kinnebrew and Trenton, Kelsey and Kamry Meyer; sister, Josi Hudson; and nephew, Fred Hudson.
Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.
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