Woodsville, NH- Delbert Henry “Joe” Hudson, 73, of Highland Street, died at Cottage Hospital on June 26, 2009, following an extended illness. Joe was born to Albert and Ethel (Wheelock) Hudson in East Thetford, VT, on October 5, 1935. He married Barbara Noyes on October 17, 1959. Joe was employed by Adams Paper Company in Wells River, VT, before working for 37 years for the former Newman, Davidson, and Tembec Lumber Companies in Woodsville. He later worked at Transit Milling, Wells River, for 4 ½ years before retiring in December 2007. Joe was a former member of the Littleton Eagles and a former member and president of the Woodsville and Littleton Bowling leagues. He played in the men’s softball league in Ryegate, VT and was an original organizer of the Mills Memorial Softball Field. He enjoyed playing cribbage at the American Legion. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Hudson. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Barbara, of Woodsville; a son, Michael Hudson and wife Emily of West Topsham, VT; three daughters, Karen Gingue and husband Bernard of St. Johnsbury, VT, Joanne McClintock and husband William of Woodsville, and Donna Hudson of Pleasant Valley, NY; 13 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; two sisters, Kathleen “Kitty” Pollander of Bradford, VT and Velma Lamarre and husband Norman of Groton, VT; a brother, Ralph “Sonny” Hudson and Harriet Robinson of Littleton, NH; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, July 1, from 6 to 8 PM at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A graveside service will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Swiftwater Road, Woodsville, on Thursday, July 2, at 11 AM with Rev. Lyn Winter officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont, 100 Dorset Street, Suite 14, South Burlington, VT 05403 or to a charity of one’s choice.