Hosea Peter (Pete) Hudson
Hosea Peter (Pellon) "Pete" Hudson, former Indiana Commissioner of Insurance under Governor Dr. Otis Bowen (1975-1981) and President/CEO of Monroe Guaranty, was born January 19, 1932 in Sampson County, North Carolina. His father, Laudie Hudson, was a serial entrepreneur and tobacco farmer. His mom, Lizzie Hudson, was a host to everyone, regardless of race or station.
Pete served one Pacific tour duty in the Navy as an aviation structural mechanic. With a degree in Business and Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota and after serving as Pro-Counsel of Sigma Chi Fraternity (Alpha Sigma Chapter), he moved to Rensselear to work in the Jackson Funeral Home. At UM he also met and married his wife, Henrietta Lydia Boo.
At age 27, he moved his wife and children to Kouts, Indiana. Within two years, he taught himself about real estate, insurance, securities, and mortgages. He established The Hudson Company. With offices in Kouts, Valparaiso and Chesterton, the company quickly became the largest insurance agency in Northwest Indiana. Committed to his community and county, he spent countless hours raising money for causes, providing leadership, creating civic organizations and improving the quality of life for everyone.
Pete served as Indiana State Insurance Commissioner (1975-1981.) He pushed the Indiana industry toward higher ethical standards. On a national stage, he served as the President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, continuing to push for significant industry reform.
In 1983, Bill Cook asked Pete to turnaround Monroe Guaranty Insurance. He eventually moved the company to Carmel. Monroe grew rapidly through the dedication and passion of all its employees. Pete loved them all. In 2001, he sold the company and retired.
For much of his adult life, Pete was very active in the Republican Party. He ran for state and national legislative offices and gave to many Republican-led groups, schools and leadership programs. He enjoyed a round of golf, but he loved flying planes.
For Pete, service and philanthropy were the bedrocks of his faith. He chartered or served on local, regional, state and national boards. And chaired many initiatives. He spearheaded the building of two Presbyterian churches; one he chartered. He gave generously to community institutions. He established a fellowship program at IU Methodist Pulmonology Dept. At Indiana State University, he established two scholarships and gave leadership to the development of the ISU Insurance and Risk Management major. He provided a major gift to establish the Pine City (MN) children's library. He helped establish the Community Foundation of Boone County and one of its first donor-advised funds. Even in his last years, he was an active Lions Club member.
Pete led by example and expected everyone else to. Most importantly, family meant everything to him. Committed to making sure everyone was well, he was most happy when everyone he loved was in one place.
After his first wife's death in 2001, Pete married Karen Sue Sweeney in 2004. Married nearly 15 years, Pete and Sue enjoyed many years at home in Nokomis, Florida. In 2015, they returned full-time to Zionsville.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; two siblings - Ottis Hudson and Jean Wray; five biological children - Julie, John, Anne and Thomas Hudson (Shelley John) and Barbara Slegers-Hudson (Jan); three step-children - Patricia Cooper (Steve) and Michael (Evie) and Paul Sweeney (Lisa): 16 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his youngest son, Michael Hudson (Debi Hudson Buckles), his first wife, Henrietta Boo Hudson and seven siblings - Joe, Celestial (Butler), Evelyn (Blackburn), Edward Gerald who lived to age 71 with Downs Syndrome and two sisters who died very young in separate home fires.
Please share stories with Pete's blended family during open visitation at Zionsville Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 10, 2019, 4-6 p.m. or Monday, November 11, 2019 10-11a.m. The family also welcomes you at a celebration of life service on Monday, November 11, 2019 11a.m. at Zionsville Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to any charity of choice. Three of Pete's favorites were the Community Foundation of Boone County, Zionsville Presbyterian Church, and Zionsville Lions Club. Funeral arrangements are being made by Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care.
The family is especially grateful to the loving and skilled owners and employees of Hosanna Home Helpers. They were a blessing and tremendous gift to all of us.
Published on November 7, 2019


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Gwen Lockamy
Nov 13, 2019
Uncle Pellon, as he will always be remembered by me, was a very dedicated and loving man to all who knew him. I enjoyed the many times he would take time from himself to have a conversation with me. He was ALWAYS concerned about everyones well-being, wanting to make sure anyone he knew was ok. I will cherish the memories I have of him always. My prayers go out to his loving family in their loss of this great man.
Larry D. Coleman
Nov 13, 2019
An exceptional individual. Outstanding leader and man of high integrity. A friend with whom I spend many hours working toward establishing a quality program of collegiate insurance and risk management. He gave unselfishly of his time and resources to many organizations.
Ingrid Nelson
Nov 12, 2019
Pete and my mother, the late Judy Nelson (Ed Nelson) truely worked well together on the Session Board of Zionsville Presbyterian Church. Pete was a very caring, smart and loving man. And an asset in everything he undertook. He will surely be missed.
Bill Brown
Nov 09, 2019
Thank you Pete for giving me the opportunity to work with you and others at Monroe Guaranty. The time I was fortunate to spend there with you and my co-workers was the most rewarding and memorable of my career.
Nov 09, 2019
Sweetest Sunrise Bouquet was purchased for the family of Hosea Peter (Pete) Hudson.  Send flowers
Joyce Levy
Nov 08, 2019
I was so impressed with Pete and the conversations Caolan and I had with him. What an intelligent and kind man.
Mike McDonald
Nov 08, 2019
Pete cared about all his employees like they were is son's and daughter's. He truly was a great man. RIP Pete.
Harold and Sherry Fritz
Nov 08, 2019
Our heartfelt sympathy to Pete's family. We have fond memories of our friendship with the family thru the years in Kouts.
Nov 08, 2019
When I retired and moved to Florida and sold Jewel Box Jewelers , one person I truly missed was Pete Hudson. He was always the optimist, careing, and generous person. I thought of him also as a mentor. The world needs more people like him. Thats why the LORD let him live a long, fulfilling , life . The rest of us needed him. Thanks PETE
Pamela Booth
Nov 08, 2019
The family is in my thoughts and prayers. I know Uncle Pellon is rejoicing with family in Heaven !!

Pamela Matthis Booth, Cousin, Clinton NC
Bobbie Meyers
Nov 08, 2019
My heartfelt sympathies to Sue & all Pete’s family & extended family! I have been privileged to know & spend time with this larger than life gentleman & family for which I am grateful. Rest In Peace Pete & God’s blessings for all as they mourn your passing.