THE CENTURY MARK

Ray Hudlik, who lives at Maggie’s House in DeWitt, recently celebrated his 100th birthday. 

He was born April 21, 1920, to Mary Benhart and Frank Hudlik in Oxford Junction.

Hudlik had three sisters and two brothers — Joe & Frank Hudlik, Francie Buresh, Louise Brown, and Marie Ahlswede. He remembers going raccoon hunting at night in his younger years. Hudlik attended Oxford Junction Community School. 

Hudlik was drafted into the Army and served during World War II. He became a morse code operator. He was stationed in Northern Africa, Corsica, Italy and France.

Ray met Joyce Schwartz one night while dancing, and they continued to dance throughout their lives at Fairyland in Oxford Junction and in Walcott. Ray and Joyce married February 21, 1948, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Mound, and had four daughters: Cheryl Jebsen, Sue Regan, Jill Selby and Linnea Green. 

Hudlik has 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He enjoys hunting and trapping and farmed south of Calamus most of his life.