James “Jim” Ray Hudson, 84, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away Friday, March 29th at Wesley Hospital in Wichita.
Jim was born in Newton, Kansas to Paul and Catherine Hudson on August 3rd, 1934. He attended Newton Public Schools graduating from Newton High School in 1952. He married Carol Logan on June 15, 1965, in Newton; they later divorced. He later married Audrey Cotton on August 30th, 1997, and she passed away in 2005.
While attending college at both Wichita State University and Kansas State University, he worked as a part-time electrician for both colleges. He graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, in 1969. Upon graduation, he taught 5th and 6th Grades’ at Adams Elementary School in Wichita.
In 1973, Jim joined the Santa Fe Railroad and shortly thereafter passed his Conductor Certification test, and his Locomotive Engineer’s Certification; leading to a 28 year career as a locomotive engineer with Santa Fe; retiring from BNSF. Jim also did part-time HVAC consulting work and Energy Management and Control for Wichita State University.
Jim was a US Military Veteran; serving in the US Army, US Army Reserves, and US Navy Reserves, from 1957 to 1962. He was trained as a Field Radio Repairman, and a Wire Electric Repairman.
Jim was involved in the Horseless Carriage Club of Wichita, volunteered running the toy train at The Botanical Gardens of Wichita, was an active member of Central Community Church, and was Boy Scout leader for many years.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, Samuel and Laura Barnes – Rigler; his father and mother; Paul and Catherine Hudson; his step-father, Frank Egan; his first wife, Carol; his second wife, Audrey.
Survivors include his son, Ray Hudson of Wichita; daughter Lisa and husband Stu Ford of Topeka; a sister, Janise and husband Gerald Manchester of Jefferson City, Missouri; one grandson; Freddie Ford of Topeka, and several nieces and nephews.
Should friends desire; the family suggests a memorial donation to Caring Hands Humane Society, Newton Kansas. Jim was very fond of pets and loved having them in his life.
The family of Jim Hudson, wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the doctors and nursing staff of Wesley Rehab and Hospital for their excellent care.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, April 05th at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton, Kansas. The family will receive friends at 1:00 pm, on Friday, at Petersen Funeral Home. Private burial will follow at a later date. www.petersenfuneralhome.com