Elden Hudson, a U.S. Navy radio operator and 43-year employee of AEP Ohio, was inducted into the Muskingum County Veterans Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 12.

Muskingum County Veterans Hall of Fame will honor Elden Hudson, not for his military service but for his decades of community involvement.

Elden, 96, served with the Navy near the end of World War II from 1944-1946. Born and raised in Coshocton, Ohio, he never saw combat and returned home following the war only a couple years out of high school. He was reading meters for the gas company and also caddying at the Coshocton Country Club when one of its members offered him a sales job with Ohio Power (which would later become AEP Ohio).

Elden went on to spend 43 years with the company and retired in 1989. He worked in various roles – spending time in Canton, Dennison, Minerva and Bucyrus, among others, and serving 16 years as division manager in Zanesville. He also served four annual terms on the AEP Company Board of Directors and was president of Ohio Power Co. State Veterans Association.

“In those 43 years, the company grew and I grew, too. I got married and had three children,” Elden said. “I don’t know of a better company I could have been with. There were a lot of opportunities, I was treated very well, I was able to support my family and I was set up nicely to live my retirement, which I’m doing right now.”

The Muskingum County Veterans Hall of Fame honors inductees not for their military service but for their longstanding community involvement. In his customer-focused role at AEP Ohio, Elden was very active in the communities he served, with decades of volunteerism and charitable work. Organizations in which he was involved – at local, state and sometimes national levels – include the American Cancer Society, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Zanesville City Schools, Boy Scouts of America and many others. Elden also proudly reports a 65-year perfect attendance record as a member of the Rotary Club.

4 responses to “AEP Ohio Retiree, War Veteran Honored in Muskingum County

  1. What a great tribute to Mr. Hudson! Congratulations on the upcoming induction into the Muskingum County Veterans Hall of Fame!

  2. Elden is one of the finest human beings I have ever met. What a well-deserved honor for such a classy gentleman.

  3. Congratulations.
    Elden is deserving of the honor.
    It was always enjoyable meeting and talking with Elden at Rotary and other community functions.

  4. Was glad to see this as the son of another long-time OP employee and WWII vet, E. T. “Tracy” Duling, who worked with Mr. Hudson in Coshocton. I was just thinking of running into Eldon over the years at church once in Zanesville and often annually as he and his wife brought floral tributes to her family plot in the Canal Lewisville Cemetery next to my homeplace.

    [Dad (and mom) left my sister an me a nice “chunk” of AEP stock Dad acquired over the years and which I’ve continued to hold.]

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