Herbert Hudlet, 74, of Troy, who loved the Lord and desired to serve him, died on Jan. 5, 2005, following a sudden illness.
He was born on July 7, 1930, to Leo and Gertrude Hudlet at Buffalo, N.Y., where he lived until marrying Carolyn Brenner on Nov. 25, 1953.
Herb served with the U.S. Army¹s 224th Infantry Regiment in Korea, 1950-1952, and was able to attend a couple of regiment reunions during the past few years.
He graduated from Letourneau Tech in Longview, Texas, with a bachelor¹s degree in engineering before moving to Boise, Idaho, where he worked in corrections and law enforcement as a probation and parole officer and also served as a prison guard at the Idaho State Penitentiary.
After leaving corrections, Herb became a claims adjuster and moved to North Idaho in 1977.
His lifelong dream was to work in a Christian camp when he retired and in 1991 he and Carolyn helped tear down the old Troy depot so the lumber could be used to build cabins at Elohim Camp and Retreat Center.
In 1997, Herb and Carolyn helped incorporate and begin Majestic View Ministry, a family camp and conference center at Troy.
Moving to Troy in 1999, Herb worked year-round in construction and logging efforts, providing support and known as Grandpa Hudlet to all who came to the center.
He was a father and grandfather figure to many.
Herb drove the ski boat for the campers and many remember his ³smirk² just before dumping someone off the tube. He enjoyed snow skiing with his brother and other family members, construction and tinkering in his shop, teaching young people new skills and talking to others about life in Christ.
He was looking forward to going to Romania to build play sets for orphans and underprivileged children, and was on the prayer chain of the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International. He distributed Bibles published specifically for firemen and served as a board member of the Troy Volunteer Fire Department.
Herb was preceded in death by his parents and baby brother Ray.
Survivors include Carolyn Hudlet, his wife of 51 years, Troy; children and their spouses, Karen and her husband Nick Cooper, Edmonds, Wash.; Janet and her husband Clyde Miller, Troy; Sharon and her husband Mark Murdock, also of Troy; Bonnie Hudlet and Steve and his wife Lea Hudlet, Hayden, Idaho.
Herb is also survived by five siblings and their spouses, grandchildren Shad, Nicole, Marisa and Jordan Cooper, Pam and her husband Pete Tallmadge, Dianna, Loren, Mark, Alex, Luke, Nathaniel and Abigail Miller; Carolyn and her husband Tim Wallace, Lavender and Caleb Murdock; Micah, Joshua and Isaiah Hudlet, and great-grandchildren Isaac, Ian and Mikayla Cooper; Hannah Erich, Adam, Mackenzie and Katelynn Tallmadge, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family throughout the United States and Germany, along with many friends who shared his life.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, at the Coeur d¹Alene Bible Church in Coeur d¹Alene, Idaho.
A memorial fund has been established at Majestic View Ministry, 12150 Bull Lake Road, Troy MT 59935 with proceeds designated toward ministries that were closest to Herb¹s heart.