BROOKVILLE Kan. - David Lance Hudson, 70, of Brookville, Kansas, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. He was the firstborn of Paul and Ila (Withroder) Hudson on Nov. 21, 1941 in the farmhouse of his parents in rural Reno County. In 1944 the Hudson family moved to Wichita County near Leoti Kan. where they established their farming and ranching operation.
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At an early age, his desire for a horse became reality when his Uncle, George Withroder, upon returning home from WWII, gave him his first horse. Rex was his best friend and companion and for several years the two were almost inseparable. During this time Dave became an excellent rider.
He attended grade school at Beulah, North of Leoti, and High School at Wichita County Community High School in Leoti. While in high school he participated in football, basketball, and track.
Also while in high school he was a member of FFA, serving as an officer and was named a Star Farmer of Kansas in 1958. Although he participated and excelled in sports, his real love was for the rodeo life.
The opportunity to compete in high school rodeos was very limited, so he participated in area rodeos.
As his riding skills increased he began to enter rodeos all over the State of Kansas. While he was still in high school, he was able to compete at the Houston Stock show, but the highlight of the trip was the chance to go deep-sea fishing. His Senior year he attended the National High School Finals in Sulphur, La., and came home with runner up All round Cowboy award.
After completing high school, Dave talked his parents into purchasing a set of rodeo bucking stock from the Harrison's at Wallace, Kan. He devoted his time, over the next 20 plus years to the operation of Hudson Brothers Rodeo Company, which he owned with his two brothers, Deone and Dale.
Dave strived to maintain a good set of bucking bulls, the bucking horses were his pride and joy and he was always on the lookout for the next great bucking horse.
Even after being out of the business 40 years, he could tell you details about any horse, where they were purchased, who had made the good rides on them and also the spectacular buck offs they caused.
He enjoyed bucking the good cowboys off but was equally thrilled when the two would produce an excellent exhibition. He was extremely proud when some of their stock was allowed to perform at the National Finals Rodeo.
In 1964 Dave married Candyce Luther of North Platte. This union produced three sons. With the demands of producing rodeos and raising a family, time was not available to compete at as many rodeos as he would have liked, but when he did, he was always a threat in every event he entered.
Dave was a member of the Leoti Masonic Lodge #340 of Leoti, for 49 years.
In 1974 Hudson Brothers Rodeo Company was purchased by Deone. Dave began to pursue other interests. He spent a few years working for Loretta Lynn's Longhorn Championship Rodeo Company. One of Dave's many passions was fishing. With fishing rather limited in Western Kansas he moved to Brookville. It did not take Dave long to find the good fishing holes and frequent them often.
Upon his retirement from employment with Saline County, he could devote more time to his fishing. He was once heard to say he never intended to have anything so important to do that he could not stop and go fishing.
Dave will be remembered as a very caring and generous person and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Ila, and nephews Aaron and Cole.
Survivors include 3 sons, Tom and (Kim) of Bennett, Colo., Tyler and (Deb) of Morrill and True and (Christy) of Lompoc, Calif.; two brothers, Deone and (Connie) of Sharon Springs Kan., and Dale and (Janie) of Brewster Kan.; grandchildren, Curtis Orth of Brookville Kan., Chase(Kenda) Barker of Brookville Kan., Richard Mahaffee of Richmond Va., Brittany Hudson of Bennett, Colo., Kory Hudson of Bennett, Colo,. Ashlee (Greg) Gompert of Morrill, NE, Tracer Hudson of Hays, Samantha Schneider of Tucson, Ariz., Sarah Hudson of Lompoc, Calif., Chelsie DeHaviland of Lompoc, Calif.. and Kaity DeHaviland of Lompoc, Calif.; Great Grandchildren, Richard Jr. of Richmond Va., Reggan of Richmond, Va., Haylee of Morrill and Brinlee of Brookville Kan.; niece, Jill of Lodge Pine,; nephews, Billy Joe of Hastings, Cauy of Brewster and Caleb Hudson of Hays Kan.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Oct 9, 2012, at the Ryan Mortuary, 137 N 8th St, Salina, KS. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, at Ryans. Burial will be at the Brookville City Cemetery, Brookville, Kan. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Brookville Volunteer Fire Dept. or Leoti Rodeo Club.
Published in The Star-Herald from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2012
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