Robert Dean Hudson was born August 4, 1941, to Woodrow and Kaleta Hudson in Caldwell, Kansas. He passed into eternal life on September 2, 2019, having attained the age of 78 years and 29 days.
To meet him at the Eastern gate of Heaven’s portals are his parents, Woodrow and Kaleta Hudson; his grandchildren, Jeffrey, Angela, Anne, Joy, Jamie, Jordan, Jay, and Jony Stilwell; and a host of friends and relatives.
Those who survive Robert and are waiting to be reunited with him in Glory are his wife, Donna; children, Kim and Jeff Stilwell of Des Moines Iowa, and Kara Hudson and Nikki Oliver of Nampa, Idaho; grandchildren, Josh and Alissa Stilwell, Joseph, Josiah, Jessica, and Jennifer Stilwell, of Des Moines, Iowa, as well as, Sayge McHanna, Miranda and Anna Maritza Murphy of Nampa, Idaho. He is also survived by one great-grandchild, Kate Stilwell of Des Moines, Iowa. He is survived by three sisters, Maryanne Frye, of Summers Arkansas, Marjorie and Burl Shinkle of Lawrenceville, Illinois, Sheri and Jerry Wall of Greenville, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.
Robert better known as “Bob” or “Herc” after playing Hercules in a school play. He took the road less traveled and followed the Lord’s calling. He was ordained a minister in the Church of the Nazarene on September 15, 1966. He pastored in Erie, Kansas; Custer City, Oklahoma; and Ruston, Louisiana; as well as five different countries; Mexico City, Mexico for language training; Nicaragua, El Salvador; Peru, Guatemala; and Guadalajara, Mexico. He was the youngest missionary for the Church of the Nazarene for a time. He served as District Superintendent, Field Supervisor, and Bible School Director of Nicaragua Bible Institute.
He was currently driving the Sunday School Bus for the First Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho. He drove on his birthday August 4, 2019. That was the last Sunday he was able to attend services, preserving to the end.
He also enjoyed driving the school bus for Cascade Student Transportation. He enjoyed the students, the fellow bus drivers, and monitors and the big yellow bus.
Whether it was tilling his garden, working the fruit trees, building something, having a green tomato fight with his grandchildren he lived life to the fullest. I can imagine he has greeted everyone he knows in Heaven, as he was a very personable man here on earth.
He fought a good fight,
He finished the race,
He has kept the faith. Now there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness,
Which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to him on that day.
- And not only to him, but also to whoever longs for His appearing.
(Adaption 2 Timothy 4:7-8)
A visitation will be held 10:00-11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 7, 2019 in the chapel of First Church of the Nazarene, with tribute to Bob’s life beginning at 11:00 A.M. in the church sanctuary. Interment will follow at 1:00 P.M. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, 15862 Indiana Ave. Caldwell, Idaho 83607.