He courageously fought Parkinson Disease for 20 years. His most enjoyable times were spent with his family who he loved very much. He enjoyed many hours of fishing and making very special pieces of furniture for his family in his wood shop.
Bill entered the Army in 1967, basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., AIT at Fort Lee and then permanent party at Fort Rucker. He served in Vietnam and in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In 1993 he retired from Army Active Duty at Fort Rucker. He earned the following awards and decorations – the bronze star with Army Commendation Medal for his service, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Professional Development Ribbon (1), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal (second award), Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters (awarded four times), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, with four bronze starts (four campaigns against the enemy), Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation with Palm, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (second award), Expert Rifle Badge for the M-16, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.
Proceeded in death by his mother, Marcia E. Glatz Hudson Lane of Jacksonville, Fla., and his father, Charles L. Hudson of North Carolina.
He is survived by his beautiful wife of 49 years, Roslyn (Sally) Hudson of Daleville; two sons, Scott Hudson (Em) Harvest; Tony Bonci (Sandy) of Daleville; two daughters, Lisa Romano (Tommy) of Wilbraham, Mass.; Tina Bolton (Ashley) of Huntsville; eight grandchildren, Ryan Bonci (Jessica), Zachary Bonci (Krissie), Paige Bolton (Ty), Austin Bolton, Richard Lodigiani (Margaret), Niki Romano, Garrett Hudson and Marley Hudson; four great-grandchildren; six surviving sisters and brothers, Cherie Lane of Leesburg, Fla., Nancy Hudson Anderson (John) of Oviedo, Fla., Raymond Lane Jr. (Barbara) of Canton, Ga., Kenneth Lane (Medina) of Roseville, Calif.; Debra Parrott of Davenport, Fla.; Laura Adcox of Jacksonville, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill’s memory to Parkinson Research Foundation at parkinsonhope.org.
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