Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Jennings “Hud” Hudspeth (MoARNG, ret.), age 70, of Mexico, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 16, 2021 at the Missouri Veterans Home.
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Dwight was born on December 31, 1950 in Munich, Germany, the son of Perry Jennings and Nora Laverne (Hartley) Hudspeth.
Dwight attended Jefferson City High School until he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps when he was 17 years old.
He proudly served for the Marine Corps for seven years during the Vietnam War. Dwight had a passion for serving our country and after living as a civilian for a few years, he realized that he wanted to make a career in the military. He enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard and quickly became an officer at the Missouri Army National Guard Training Center. He was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Colonel after 30 years of service to our country in the United States Marines and Missouri Army National Guard.
Dwight was a man of strong faith and a true follower of Jesus. He walked in faith and was a member of the Oak Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in New Bloomfield, Mo. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Elks Lodge, and a proud contributor toward the National Vietnam Memorial.
Dwight loved the outdoors and went fishing and hunting all over the world. Some of his favorite spots were in Canada, the Great Lakes, and Alaska. Being stationed all over the world gave him ample opportunity to see all that nature had to offer. Dwight was a great shot on his rifle team and won several different championships. For the past 11 years, “Hud the Stud” lived at the Veterans Home in Mexico and cherished the relationships he made as a resident.
He will be most remembered for his large heart, generosity, willingness to help others, and the extreme tales of his military career.
Survivors include: his family, close friends, military family and caregivers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and five siblings, Nancy Ann Hudspeth, Betty Jean Hudspeth, Carol Sue Hudspeth, Richard Alan Hudspeth, and Mark Douglas Hudspeth.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2021.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2021 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Marion Mitchell officiating. Graveside services and interment with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later time.
A webcast of the funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday for friends that are not able to attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Veterans Home, Central Missouri Honor Flight, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.