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John Huddleston Jr. (Veteran)

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Mr. John H. "Hud" Huddleston Jr., age 79 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at the Capital Region Medical Center.
Hud was born on August 21, 1930, in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of John H. Sr. and Dessie Cardwell Huddleston. He was married on June 15, 1953, in Kansas City, Mo., to Geneva Harrison, who survives at the home. A resident of the Jefferson City area for the past 10 years, Hud was a 1948 graduate of Jefferson City High School. He served with the United States Army National Guard with the 175th Military Police Battalion and was stationed in Germany after World War II. Hud was employed in Kansas City, Kan. with Swift Meat Company for over 30 years retiring in 1984 as an inventory manager. He was a past member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge, No. 320, A.F. & A.M. Versailles, Mo.; a past member of the Cryptic Masons, Ezra Council No. 32; a past member of the Prince of Peace Commandery, Knights Templar; a past member of the Royal Arch Masons, Jefferson City Chapter, No. 34; a past member of the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5; and a past member of the B.P.O. of Elks, Laurie, Mo. Hud was an avid NASCAR fan, who enjoyed walking on the beach, fishing, but most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Survivors include: his wife of 56 years, Geneva Huddleston, of the home; his son, Rick Huddleston and his wife Peggy of Holts Summit, Mo.; his daughter, Debbie Berendzen of Jefferson City, Mo.; his sister, Opal Faye Gordon of Jefferson City, Mo.; two grandsons, Chris Carter and his wife Robyn of New Bloomfield, Mo. and Jamie Carter and his wife Becky of New Bloomfield, Mo.; five great-grandchildren, Justin Carter, Hayley Carter, Kyle Carter, Alyssa Carter, and Brendon Carter. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Harry Berendzen; brother-in-law, Bill Gordon; and his mother-in-law, Alice Stevenson. A memorial service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 1, 2010, in the Freeman Chapel with military honors following the service. Private inurnment will be held at Riverview Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary immediately before the service from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Shriner's Children's Hospital. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com

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