John J. Hudecek

March 27, 1933April 28, 2014
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.John Joseph Hudecek, 81, of Columbus, died Monday, April 28, 2014, at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born March 27, 1933, in Lipov, Czechoslovakia, John was a former Russian, Latin and English teacher at Columbus North High School for 28 years. At the former Columbus High School, he reveled in leading the Men's Cheer Block. He retired from teaching in 1992 and did handyman work until last year. Early in his career, John helped launch Bar-Cons Federal Credit Union and served on the negotiations committee of the Columbus Education Association. A stalwart in the regional Catholic community, John was a former Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus, Council 1414, and participated in planning the construction of the K of C hall. A member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, he also helped start K of C Council 15102 in Edinburgh. John was an avid gardener, golfer, Indy Racing League fan and member of the Czech and Slovak Society of Indiana. He also belonged to the Columbus chapters of the Loyal Order of Moose, and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks. For decades he eagerly helped Santa Claus spread Christmas cheer. John most enjoyed spending time with his adored family and extended circle of friends. His door and heart were always open. As an immigrant himself, he especially extended hospitality to visitors from foreign countries and proudly worked for years on Ethnic Expo. John emigrated to the United States with his parents and brother, Martin, less than a year before Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia. They settled in a Czech farming community near Protivin, Iowa. As the oldest of four sons, John followed the Eastern European tradition of entering religious studies at St. Procopius Seminary at Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill. He decided after two years to transfer to Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education. His early teaching career was spent in Cresco and Charles City, Iowa. During the age of Sputnik, John landed a National Defense Education grant to study Russian and earned a Master of Arts for Teachers from Indiana University.He continued his Russian studies in Moscow in the summer of 1969 and took a group of students to the former Soviet Union a few years later. In 1971 he and his wife, MaryAnn, purchased a flower shop they named Flowers by MaryAnn. After selling the business, he continued to help out at the shop on Keller Avenue where MaryAnn stayed on as a floral designer. John is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 57 years, Mary Ann (DeWalle); two sons, Ed (Cindy) of Columbus, and Eric (Kim Shipley), of Indianapolis; two daughters, Karla (Malcolm Moran) of Zionsville, and Kellie (Mark) Gallerani of Greensboro, N.C.; grandchildren Kristen (Rick) Sparks, and Michael Hudecek of Columbus, Allison Gallerani of New York City, Ryan, Anna and Erica Gallerani of Greensboro, N.C., Katie and T.J. Moran of Zionsville; and great-grandaughters Mary and Frances Sparks of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (Pokornikova); two brothers Martin and Frank; in-laws Orvie and Helen DeWalle; sister-in-law Marlene Riha; brother-in-law Steve DeWalle, and grand-nephew Elliott Marlowe DeWalle. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Myers-Reed Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Fr. John Beitans at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Edinburgh. A funeral lunch will follow at the church. There will be a private burial service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus Council 15102, Edinburgh, IN, 46124 or The College Program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Marshall University at the following address: Marshall University, Autism Training Center, Old Main 316, One John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV 25755-2430. Checks may be made to Marshall University.


  • Calling Friday, May 2, 2014
  • Rosary Friday, May 2, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 3, 2014

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Lori McMahon

May 28, 2014

Dear MaryAnn, Ed, Karla, Kellie, and Eric -- I have had the hardest time accepting John's passing and can only imagine your loss. "Uncle John" has an amazing spirit -- I keep this in present tense because I see it in each of you and I have a part of it in my own self. Each of our family visits was such a special time in my life. When I think about those whom have shaped me most, you -- and John-- are among them. We are all better people for knowing John and living with him-- and now, through him. He has blessed the lives of so many. He also taught me how to live life in a joyfully pronounced way, no matter what kind of darkness seemed to be around. He was complex and he handled complexity, too. This beautiful mix of a person is how I will forever remember "Uncle John." All of my Love to each of you, Lori

May 5, 2014

Mary Ann.... I was saddened to hear of John's death. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. I so enjoyed working with him as I helped sell the home back here in Protivin. It was a privilege getting to know him. What a joy he was. I will always remember him with a smile that shined and lit up his face and those around him. My deepest sympathy. Julie Stinson, Burke Real Estate

JoAnne & Jerry Long

May 5, 2014

Mr. Hudecek was a wonderful teacher and friend to both our daughters. They both remember him fondly. I remember him for the big smile that was always on his face. What a background our Mr. Hudecek had. He was one in a million in a million different ways. What a kind and humble man. I wish our family could have known him better. Thanks to his family for sharing him with all of us.
You were indeed priviledged to have had him so many years. Many God blesses to his family and may he rest in peace.
The Long Family - Columbus, IN

CzechoSlovak society of Indiana.

May 3, 2014

Please accept our prayers and condolences !

Jonathan and Angela Adrian

May 2, 2014

Jonathan and I are deeply saddened by John's sudden passing. We had been delighted to see you both, a few weeks ago and reconnect. Sending loving prayers for your entire family . Peace to you always and bless. Jon and Angie

May 2, 2014

Dear Mary-Ann & Hudecek family: We extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband, John. As members of the Czech-Slovak Society, we will always remember his ever present smile and loving disposition. Also enjoyed the years as members of the singing group. He loved to sing and helped us greatly. We will miss him. John & Helen Babinec

Ronald Schaub

May 2, 2014

Mary Ann both Sara and I want to send our condolences for you loss. John will be remembered for years to come.

Fred Easton

May 2, 2014

Please accept my prayers and condolences. I am sorry that I shall be away during the time of the funeral and cannot be present.

Msgr. Fred Easton

Debbie (Doo)Zamarripa

May 2, 2014

Kristen, sorry to hear about your Granddad, I will never forget him coming to the nursery to play Santa and being very brave to let me sit on his lap. He lived every minute of his life to the fullest and he loved every minute of it. My deepest condolences to you and your family, with love....Debbie Doo.

Mary Gentry

May 1, 2014

" Mary Ann - so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a wonderful man.Love hugs and prayers for you and your family.