Charles “Chuck” Emerson Hudson, 84, of Delta, Ohio, died at his home Dec. 11, 2018, with his family by his side.
He was born Feb. 26, 1934, in Delta, the only child born to J. Franklin and Mary E. McQuillen.
Chuck lived his entire life in Delta, graduating from Delta High School in 1952. While in high school he worked for Hartley Electric and following graduation attended Macomber Vocational School in Toledo, Ohio, where he completed his electrical skills education. He wired his first home at age 16 and soon after graduation began his own business, Chuck Hudson Electric.
In 1956, Chuck was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years as a military policeman and radio repairman. After his honorable discharge in 1958, he returned to his electrical business in Delta. For more than 60 years Chuck performed countless residential and commercial electrical jobs throughout Northwest Ohio where he met and became a friend to all with whom he came in contact.
In 1959 Chuck met and married Mabel Beaverson-Dailey and they raised four children together. Chuck was also a member of the Delta Community Fire Department. He joined the Department in 1954 and retired in 2009 after 55 years of faithful service to the Delta community.
Chuck held several offices, including 1st assistant chief for 27 years and finally fire chief prior to his retirement. Chuck placed his service to the community before himself. He always remained in a ready state, responding to any emergency or fire alarm whenever he was able.
He also made it his mission to ensure children in the community were able to receive a toy from Santa Claus at the fire station each December. Chuck was also a member of the IOOF (Odd Fellows Lodge) and AMVETS.
Chuck was known to have an unmeasurable work ethic. When he was not at the fire station or on an electrical job, he was working at the family home or toying with his 1924 Pirsch fire truck.
Chuck is survived by his wife Mabel (Beaverson) of Delta; sons Warren (and Linda) Dailey of Delta, Stuart (and Kara) Hudson of Westerville, Ohio; daughters Karen (and Keith) Harsh of Medina, Ohio, and Joy Hudson of Delta; grandchildren Hal Dailey, Jenna (and Dillon) Charney, Sunshine (and Joe) Rondini, Cherry (and Bryan) Bobbitt, Nathan Hudson and Haley Hudson; great-grandchildren Annah, Bryse and Rylan Bobbitt, Santino, Dominc and Sophia Rondini, and Finn Charney.
Visitation is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Barnes Funeral Chapel in Delta, with a fireman’s pass-by set for 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the funeral home Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at Delta United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Delta with military rites and the fireman’s last alarm service.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Delta Community Fire Department for the annual Children’s Fun Day or to Ohio Living Hospice in Toledo.