Ronald P. Hudson, age 86, of Wellston, passed away Sunday, July 4 at his home. He was born October 16, 1934, in Wellston, son of the late Evan Sanford Hudson and Beulah Betts Hudson. Following over 35 years of service, Ron retired from the State of Ohio, where he was a District 9 weigh man. He was also a Wellston businessman for many years, having owned and operated Ron’s Trophies in Wellston. For over 20 years, Ron served as Wellston’s Recreation Director, a position he held with much pride. In years past, he enjoyed coaching Pee Wee, Little League and American Legion ball teams. Ron was a gentle, quiet man with a good heart. Always supporting the youth and his community, he would give anything to anyone if he had it. He was also a veteran of the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. Ron was a 50+ year member of the Black Diamond Lodge #538 F&AM and a member of American Legion Post 371 of Wellston.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elfriede J. Ebnet Hudson; children, Ellie Hudson-Ervin of Wellston, Ronnie Hudson (Wendy Lilly) of Gallipolis, and Robin Kartzenberg Hudson of Gallipolis; grandchildren, Ryan Hudson (Beth Mohr Hudson) of Gallipolis, Kyle Hudson of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Kristen Smith of Wellston; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Quinn Smith, Abbie and Sophie Hudson and Jake Lyons; sister, Martha Staten (Butch) of Wellston; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his parents, Ron was preceded in death by grandson, Ronald Alan Hudson; brother, Jim Hudson; and mother-in-law, Anna Ebnet.
In keeping with Ron’s wishes, his body was cremated. Visitation at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston will be Friday, July 9, from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. with a Masonic service following the visitation at 6:45 p.m. Memorial service, with military honors, will begin at 7 p.m. with Pastor Tim Jones officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Ron’s name be given to Make Wellston Beautiful, P.O. Box 306, Wellston, Ohio 45692. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.mcwilliams-funeralhome.com