Troy Dean Hudspeth

August 22, 2022

Troy Dean Hudspeth, 68, of Lockwood, Missouri, passed away at his home on Saturday, August 20, 2022, from complications of COPD. He was born on September 9, 1953, in Lamar, Missouri, to Earl Dean and Lita “Boots” (Anderson) Hudspeth. At an early age, his family lived in Kansas City, Missouri and Arlington, Texas. In 1957, they moved to a farm near Lockwood.

Troy was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Lockwood in 1962. He was a lifelong member of the Lockwood community, attending school at Lockwood R-1 and graduating in 1971. He attended Southwest Missouri State University and graduated in 1975 with a B.S. degree in Business Education. He took a surveying job with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and worked across the country. He returned to the farm to help his dad in 1978.
Troy was a lifelong cattleman and row-crop farmer. He also worked in construction, remodeling and building county bridges. He built several homes and was an excellent contractor for sheet rock application and home repairs.

Troy first met the love of his life, Valerie Schilling, in the fall of 1975. In 1978 they began dating and Troy and Valerie were united in marriage on August 24, 1979. They lived and raised all four of their precious children at their farm. Troy loved all sports, water skiing, playing cards, fishing, gigging, camping, being outside and spending time with his family. He loved to read and study atlas books and maps. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He served on school and church committees. He served as an FSA USDA committee member and was a lifetime supporter of the Lockwood Farmers Exchange.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Earl Dean and Lita (Boots) Hudspeth and mother-in-law, Linda Lee Schilling. Survivors include his beloved wife, Valerie; his children Andrew Hudspeth, Jason Hudspeth (Henry), Jarica Oeltjen (Phillip), and Brooke Schafer (Ryan); grandson, Chase Oeltjen; one sister, Linda Sue Heilman (Paul); father-in-law, Dwaine Schilling; brother-in-laws David Schilling, Darren Schilling (Doug) and a host of family and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lockwood. Burial will follow in the Lockwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening, August 24, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lockwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Hour or to the Lockwood Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at Services are under the care of Lockwood Funeral Chapel.