Memorial services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with Father Paul Eichhoff officiating.
Born Dec. 14, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., son of Genevieve Rose French Hudspeth, and the late Elmer Hudspeth, he graduated from Kennett High School, and continued his education at Missouri University, earning a Bachelor's Degree in mechanical Engineering. He retired in 2001 from the oil and gas industry.
On Dec. 28, 1968, in Fowler, Kan., he married Janie Teresa Burns.
Gene enjoyed making cigar box guitars, playing the stock market, landscaping, traveling, fishing, hiking in the mountains and music, but more than anything he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Gene was quick witted, a practical jokester, and had the most infectious laugh. He loved life and was so big-hearted. He will be missed by his family and friends. To have known him was truly an honor and to have loved him, priceless.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer; his step-father, Donald "T-Bone" Hall, and grandparents, Robert and Nell French.
Survivors include his wife, Janie, of the home; children, Dawn McClain and husband, Johnny, of Claremore, Okla., Ryan Hudspeth, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Brandon Hudspeth, of Lee's Summit, Mo.; a grandson, Dylan McClain, of Claremore; his mother, Genevieve Rose Hall, of Kennett; a brother, Gary Hudspeth and wife, Paula, of Columbia, Mo.; step-sisters, Pam Kline, of Missouri, and Penny Weisend, of Texas, and step-brothers, Terry and Darrel Hudspeth, both of Missouri.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761, or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 6503309, Dallas, Texas 752-0309.
Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service and Crematory of Claremore, Okla., was in charge of arrangements.
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