In Memory

Richard Hudson

Richard (Rick) Hudson passed away at the age of 73 on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at Sacred Heart Hospital, surrounded by his family and close lifelong friends, Damian and Jo O'Brien.

Rick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 8, 1949, to Ralph and Peggy Hudson. He graduated from Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 1967, followed by university studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. He obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in the areas of Speech and Communications. He taught courses and coached forensics teams at several universities – UW-Eau Claire, Iowa State University-Ames, Winona State University, and the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. Following his university careers, he worked in consulting and training for the casino industry in various locations across the United States.

Rick is survived by his daughter, Amy Dulik, and two granddaughters, Tylar and Reigan; mother Peggy Hudson; siblings Jan (Jeff) Krahn, Caryl (Rex) Bailey, Laura Faanes, Debbie (Dave) Horner, Diane (Don) Finley, Jeff (Sarah) Hudson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rick was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Hudson, in 2020.

Rick was very charismatic and had an ability to make everybody he encountered feel special. He was a deep thinker and thoroughly enjoyed philosophical discussions with people from all walks of life.

The family would like to thank Dr. Russ Durkee and the staffs of St. Croix Hospice, Inclusa, Clear Water Home Care, and Sacred Heart Hospital for their compassionate care. A special note of gratitude to the Westgate Motel and Circle C employees for their kindness and friendship in his final years! He cherished his relationships with each of you, and we will forever be grateful.

A private family service will be held in the near future.

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Published by Leader Telegram on Nov. 23, 2022

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11/23/22 02:47 PM #1    

Ron Halpern

I did not know Richard Hudson, but that doesn't, for a moment, lessen my sorrow  upon learning of his passing. As I've noted before, the loss of any of our classmates is a loss to all of us; with each passing we lose a piece of ourselves as well. 

Rest In Peace, Richard. May God be with you.

11/23/22 05:57 PM #2    

Jean Behnke (Wisnewski)

I also did not know Richard in High School but I do remember him.  And it is alway sad to hear of another loss of a classmate. Thank you for your contribution to this life, it sounds like you impacted many in your career and life.  Blessing and peace be with you and your family.

11/24/22 10:34 AM #3    

Patrick Bilbrey

I had the pleasure of knowing Richard throughout my school years from grade school, Central Junior High and Eau Claire Memorial. His charisma and kind nature touched many of us whether it was attending classes or riding on the bus.I can remember one time when he was on the bus and we were discussing favorite radio shows and we talked about the Coca Cola Go Show, which was one of his favorites.. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Richard..

11/25/22 08:29 AM #4    

Steve Hotvedt

Rick was a lifelong friend. I'm so glad I got to see him last month when I was in Eau Claire. He'll be missed.

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