Donald Gene Hudson, 65, of Siletz, Ore., died of cancer on Oct. 7, 2012.
He was born Nov. 18, 1946 to Gene and Gladys (Lane Bolton) Hudson in Salem, Ore. Don bravely served in the Army from 1965 to 1967. He was a proud member of the 82nd and 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam, parachuting from war aircraft more than 300 times.
Don was a member of the Grand Ronde and Siletz tribes. He was dedicated to the service of Native American people and worked as a program developer to assist other Native Americans in finding employment and developing job skills. He was a member of several Native American honor guards, NIVA (Northwest Indian Veterans Association), and Siletz VFW.
One of Donís favorite hobbies was assembling model airplanes and sharing his knowledge of planes with his grandchildren. When he wasnít assembling models planes, Don could be found sharing his love of beer and keno with his buddies at one of his favorite bars.
He was preceded in death by his only son Blue Hudson.
He is survived by his loving wife Margo of Siletz; his parents, Gene Hudson and Gladys Bolton of Keizer; his daughter Tamora Herrmann; stepchildren Lisa Norton and Maggie McAfee; brothers, William Hudson and Ronald Hudson; grandchildren, Chelsey and Clifford Herrmann, Michael Norton, Josh Rilatos, Trevor Norton, and Madison and JayLee McAfee; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Saint Maryís Catholic Church, 231 E. Logsden Road in Siletz. A memorial mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Saint Maryís followed by burial of his ashes at Paul Washington Cemetery in Siletz.
Bateman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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