August 27, 1918-October 29, 2008.
Wiley Joe Hudson, 90, a longtime resident of Archuleta County, passed away on Oct. 29, 2008, in Mesa, Ariz. He is survived by his wife of over 67 years, Doris G., his daughter, Joanna D., of Aurora, Colo., and his son, Steven H., of Durango, Colo., and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, to Howard P. and Isla Hudson. He was the longest living heir to the Hudson name.
Wiley Joe distinguished himself in life as a leader and motivator. He was a time-study engineer and manager with Sears for over 20 years. His military career was one distinguished with valor. He served during World War II in the European Theater with the 315th, Co. C Combat Engineers from D-Day on Utah Beach through the Battle of the Bulge, winning citations and medals, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Wiley Joe continued his winning way of life with continued business success in Colorado, developing and operating a guest ranch in Blanco Basin, the Golden Burro Lodge, followed by selling insurance, making small personal loans, and being a pioneer in the real estate development of Archuleta County. He continued that real estate success in Arizona upon “retirement.”
Wiley Joe was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing in every state in which he lived.
Cremation has occurred and no services are scheduled, as per his request. His remains will be scattered among the beautiful mountains of Colorado