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Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel

3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Dayton, OH

OBITUARY

Tom Hudnell

December 23, 1947January 22, 2020

Tom Hudnell, passed on to heaven on January 22nd, 2020. He was born December 23rd, 1947, in North Canton, Ohio, to parents James R. Hudnell and Alice Mae Hudnell (nee Roth), who preceded him in death. Tom lovingly adored his wife, Margie Hudnell (nee Kokal), to whom he was married over 38 years. He was a proud father of his son Scott Hudnell (Michelle Hudnell), and a doting “Gramps” to his granddaughters Hannah and Abigail Hudnell. He is also survived by his sister Sheryl Legg (Ryan & Ali Legg), step-mother Joyce Hudnell, and step-brothers Lance Hudnell (Sandy, Carter, Colin) and Eric Hudnell (Jen, Katie, Nate), and numerous other in-laws and relatives. Tom also considered himself to be a father to Champ and Cheer Pihakaendr, exchange students from Thailand, and several others whom he mentored/cared for over the years! Tom graduated from Hoover High School, in North Canton, OH, and Malone College in Canton, OH, before obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University in 1968. Tom served in the United Stated Air Force, before continuing his service as a civilian employee at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, where he worked as a Price Analyst. In total, Tom served his country for over 37 years. Tom loved music, mostly rock and roll, and enjoyed going to concerts, including seeing Bruce Springsteen 9 times! He had a very extensive record collection, which he recently donated to a local radio station. He also enjoyed live theatre, frequenting both Wright State’s Theatre and the Shuster Center. Additionally, Tom participated regularly in activities at the Beavercreek Senior Center, continuing his dedicated work-out routine. Tom had a lifelong love of playing baseball and tennis, which he translated into over 20 seasons of coaching and involvement in local youth sports. He was active in the Big Brother Association in both Canton and Dayton Ohio. He served the local little league teams as “The Voice Of Fairborn,” announcing games for many years, before coaching his son and other children in T-ball, baseball, soccer, and basketball with the Beavercreek Youth Sports programs. Additionally, Tom coached with Springboro’s Miracle League baseball teams. Tom’s love for cheering on others encompassed more than sports. For over 20 years, he worked one-on-one with Fairborn elementary students needing extra help with reading. Tom, along with his wife Margie, also created a “Book Club” at Heartland of Beavercreek, and would weekly read books to the residents. Tom was also a judge for the Dayton Cerebral Palsy Games, where he met his dear friend Donna Davis. He also volunteered with the local First Lego League. After retirement, Tom continued his life-long passion of volunteering in his community. He spent nearly every Tuesday for 10 years assisting in the laundry room at St. Vincent de Paul, and also oversaw food and clothing donations for St. Vincent’s from his church, Queen of Apostles Community, where he attended and volunteered for over 40 years. Additionally, he delighted in cooking meals to share with others at Interfaith Hospitality Network in Xenia OH, where he also acted as an overnight host. He enjoyed spending time with the residents and especially their children. Tom and Margie’s volunteer work was recently recognized by the Arch Diocese of Cincinnati and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur with the 2019 Sister Dorothy Stang Award. Tom also assisted Margie in volunteering with the Isha Foundation for the past 20 years. There will be a Celebration of Life Mass at Queen of Apostles Community Church, QAC Chapel, on Saturday February 1st, at 11:00am, 4400 Shakertown Rd, Beavercreek OH 45430. This will be followed by a reception at the QAC Si-Lounge, where plenty of Tom’s beloved rock and roll music will be played. Additionally, Tom’s family would love to see everyone wearing blue, Tom’s favorite color, instead of somber black. Tom felt helping others was both an essential part of life and a privilege. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to some of his favorite charities, in his memory and honor. These include St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (https://www.Stjude.org/donate) and Isha Foundation’s Cauvery Calling Campaign (https://www.ishaoutreach.org/en/cauvery-calling).

Services

  • Celebration of Life Mass and Reception Saturday, February 1, 2020

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AnneMarie Mason

February 3, 2020

I am so sad to hear of Toms passing. He was always so caring and such a good listener! Always willing to help and offer advice. Every time I came to visit he would ask all about my life. Margie and Tom helped me with my move and are just always so generous. He will be loved and missed so much and I’m sorry that I could not attend his funeral. Rest In Peace Tom.

Jill Hollon

January 31, 2020

My heart is hurting over the loss of my friend Tom and it hurts for his family. I'm a St.Vincent employee and ment him there. We spent every Tuesday together in laundry. I called him "Tuesday Tom"!! He was just a wonderful human being. Everybody needs a person like him in there life. He was and example of selflessness,loyalty,committed and a wonderful Christian man. I had the pleasure of getting to know his wife and feeling like I knew his children and grandbabies because of the story's he would share. I will always be grateful for my friend Tom

Gary Victor

January 29, 2020

Sending heartfelt condolences to Margie and Scott and the entire Hudnell Family after learning of Tom’s passing. I owe special thanks to Tom for his friendship and his particularly calm and patient demeanor; he and myself and a few others chipped in on Sunday mornings to help with the pickup and transfer of a special needs member to our home church, QAC. The process was challenging, and sometimes this endeavor (transferring via wheelchair) took a superlative physical effort, especially so in cold and snowy weather! Tom was ever the optimist through it all, and never once complained! What is important here is that Tom was a great humanitarian - his compassion and charity for others was exemplary. It is my hope that all of us remember and honor these Hall of Fame qualities. Our loss is ultimately Heaven’s gain; thank you , Mr. Humanitarian!

Gary Victor, 1/29/2020

Mason Family

January 28, 2020

We are incredibly thankful that we were able to have Tom as a part of our extended family. We learned very quickly that he was a caring and humble individual. He sincerely took an interest in each of us, making us feel valued and cared for. Tom and Margie were always willing to lend a helping hand at our family gatherings and did so selflessly. This example of how to live was definitely instilled in Scott as we see evidence of that in his own family. We will forever be thankful for the influence he has had on our family and are blessed to have known Tom. We will certainly miss him.

cindy McClanahan

January 28, 2020

Tom was a very sweet man who loved people. I got to know him when he and his lovely wife Margie came to Heartland of Beavercreek and did Book Club with the residents. They both had a way with them. Tom loved to talk with the residents, and they really seem to enjoy it. He will be missed. Margie I am praying for you, that God will continue to bless you in all that you do. I am blessed to have know Tom . May God give you Peace and Comfort to you Margie and your family. Love Cindy McClanahan

Tom Cameron

January 27, 2020

Tom and Kathy Cameron

Tom was a wonderful friend when we needed him.
The good times we shared together for 59 years will
never be forgotten.

Janet Tuuri

January 27, 2020

I only met you briefly at the Miracle League in Springboro, but your love, kindness and generosity to our sweet babies will remain in my heart forever. God bless you.

Susan Maynard. (Mason)

January 27, 2020

Tom was my supervisor WPAFB for 15 years. He was always kind, helpful, and very supportive. He was a super contract negotiator and very respected by government and Industry personnel alike. His love for family, volunteering, and music was well known and served as an example for everyone. I feel very fortunate to have known this wonderful man. My sincere condolences to Margie, Scott, and the entire family 🙏🏻❤️

Carla Leonard

January 27, 2020

It was such a pleasure to work with Tom at Miracle Field! Always smiling and you could tell he truly enjoyed working with the kids! I will always remember him fondly! Prayers for his family!

Ryan Melvin

January 27, 2020

Tom was a wonderful man. My son has grown up in the miracle league with him as a coach. Tom taught my son how to hit.
We are at a loss for words as our hearts are broken. Baseball will never be the same without him. Your family will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,

Ryan, Jennny, Owen and Sydney Melvin

FROM THE FAMILY