Anchorage resident Jerry Hudson died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at his home. He was 55.
A celebration of life and a gathering of his family and friends will be at 6 p.m. today at the Moose Lodge in Anchorage. There will be another memorial service at 1 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai.
Mr. Hudson was born June 25, 1946, in Pendleton, Ore. He was raised in Arcata, Calif. After graduation, he joined the Navy. He served from 1964 until 1968, including two tours of duty in Vietnam.
Mr. Hudson then worked for Western Airlines in San Francisco as an A/P mechanic. He transferred to Anchorage in 1982. In 1987, he went to work for Delta Air Lines.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, dipnetting, snowmachining and ice fishing at his getaway home in Sterling.
Mr. Hudson was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Moose since 1980.
"Jerry was a very strong, loving husband and my best friend. His family and friends will miss his sense of humor and kindness," his wife said.
Mr. Hudson was preceded in death by his stepmother and sister.
He is survived by his wife, JoEllen; father, Hubert Hudson of Eureka, Calif.; daughter, Carolee Jones of Reno, Nev.; son, Brandon Jones in the U.S. Navy; daughters and sons-in-laws Mendy and Gary Jones of Anchorage and Toni and Myron Dias of Manteca, Calif.; and grandchildren Ashlie and Connor of Anchorage, Derek and Halle of Reno and Cheyanna of Manteca.
Arrangements were made by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory in Anchorage.
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