Raymond Junior Hudson
WICHITA — Raymond Junior Hudson, of Wichita and formerly of Garden City, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at the age of 89.
He was born December 11, 1923, at Osceola, Missouri, the son of Damon and Clara (Sweeney) Hudson. Raymond served his country during World War II, serving in the United States Coast Guard from 1940 until his discharge in 1944.
On July 4, 1944, Raymond was united in marriage to Mary Kathleen McDonald at Weaubleau, Missouri. In 1948, they moved to Garden City, Kansas, to make their home, where Raymond was a salesman for Sears for 36 years. He was also a DJ for KIUL radio and leader of The Western Rhythmaries band along with being an orchestrator of many charity and benefit concerts and events. He recorded three records and was extremely proud and honored to be listed in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Ray never met a stranger and truly loved life, touching many through his music.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Kay; daughter, Twila; two sisters, Violet Galindo and Shirley Bussey; three grandchildren, Riqui, Tyler and Todd; and eight great-grandchildren, Michayla, Samantha, Ian, Tanner, Tehya, Elend, Aeden and Orren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Larry Gene and Ronald Raymond; brothers, Noble, Charles and David; and a sister, Mildred.
Honoring his wishes, cremation has been effected and private family services will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements by Cochran Mortuary and Crematory, Wichita. To send condolences or sign an online guest book, go to www.cochranmortuary.com.