Dwight Hudspeth

Dwight J. Hudspeth

Sunday, December 31st, 1950 - Sunday, May 16th, 2021
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Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Jennings “Hud” Hudspeth (MoARNG, ret.), age 70, of Mexico, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 16, 2021 at the Missouri Veterans Home.

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.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Freeman Mortuary
    915 Madison Street
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  • Service

    Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 2:00pm
    Freeman Chapel
    915 Madison Street
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  • Interment

    Arlington National Cemetery
    1 Memorial Ave.
    ARLINGTON, VA 22211
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Celestel Dawn Cocoa Dake

Posted at 01:21am
I will forever miss you and love you dearly. You taught me so many things in this life, from hunting and fishing, to driving, hunting morels and my favorite of to be a decent, respectful person with good morels, standards and values that are far lost now a days. You were my dad from 16 months of age, when you had a choice to not be and I'm grateful to you for choosing to be dad for Michelle, Diana, and me. I can still remember the day mom and you were married. I woke up super early and got dressed, then ran into your room excited for the day,
but then you told me the wedding was going to be several hours from then. It was 4 a.m. lol but you didn't mind me waking you up. You gave me a big hug and sent me back to bed. You were dedicated to everyone and everything you came into contact with. Many people in the world have been touched by you and I'm so proud of you and all of your accomplishments in the military and in family. You've seen more things than I could ever imagine and your strength of will, will forever ring true in this life and the next. Some of my favorite moments with you were when we'd go sit for hours watching for deer on the farm, getting ready for deer season and you being with me for my first one. You even video taped it. Or you giving me away at my wedding. Isabella and Ethan loved to go visit you and they will always remember, and love their Grandpa Hud. We love you so much dad and I'm sorry I wasn't there with you when you went, since you were always there for me. My heart hurts so much right now and I know you're in a better place, but it still hurts the same. You're my hero and I'm positive many others share that same belief. You said you became a better man the day we came into your life, but I became the person I am today thanks to your teachings and training growing up. I love you dad and will miss you forever.

With all my and the kids love,
Celestel Dawn Cocoa Dake
Isabella and Ethan Davis

Marianne Britten

Posted at 09:54am
You were an extraordinary individual and will be missed.
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Dennis McKee

Posted at 05:03pm
My love and prayers to Dwight and thanks for his love of country. Condolences to his friends and people he left behind. Thank you to Becky Maupin Green and Mexico Veteran's Home for all of your love, care and support. I didn't actually know Dwight, but the love and people around him explains all I need to know. The world could all use more people like him. Rest in peace.

Marianne Britten

Posted at 12:55pm
Dwight was a great motivator of soldiers and always lead by example. He will be greatly missed.

Skip Rich

Posted at 06:12pm
Dwight has been a friend and fellow Marine and Army National Guard soldier for many years. We would always visit him when we were back in MO and we spoke often on the phone, sometimes for hours trading memories. We enjoyed all the times we had with him at Marine Corps Ball and Army events in MO. We respected and loved him and will miss him very much. We will miss him.
CSM William “Skip” and Eva Rich

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