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October 19, 2018

7/31/2017 5:00:00 AM
John Phillip 'JP' Hudkins II
Feb. 24, 1992 - July 26, 2017
John Hudkins II
John Hudkins II

Former Rochester resident, Mr. John Phillip "JP" Hudkins II, 25, Nappanee, passed away at 9:22 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

On Feb. 24, 1992, John Phillip "JP" Hudkins II was born in Logansport. He was a treasured son of John and Shannon Smith Hudkins. Growing up as the oldest of three children, he shared his childhood with a sister, Bailey, and brother A.J. With great pride, he graduated from Rochester High School in 2010. JP played center field for the Zebras boys baseball team. He was talented in his ability covering the outfield's width and depth, which was complemented by strong throwing with superb accuracy to the bases or home plate.

Continuing his passion for baseball after high school, JP played in a men's league in Goshen and played league softball in Nappanee. To relax, he enjoyed hanging out with friends. JP's favorite holiday was his birthday. He looked forward to celebrating the annual event with his family.

An avid Chicago Cubs fan, JP thoroughly enjoyed the 2016 season with the pennant drive and the crowning of the Cubs as world champions. He enjoyed the adventure of travel. To no one's amazement, his favorite destination was Wrigley Field. A young man with a heart of gold, JP fulfilled his desire to help many other people through tissue donation.

Left to cherish the memory of JP are his parents, John and Shannon Hudkins, Rochester; sister Bailey Hudkins, Rochester; brother A.J. Hudkins, Rochester; fiancee Brandie Neilson and her daughter Brylee Ann White, Nappanee; maternal grandparents Donna and Rick Watson, Logansport; paternal grandparents John and Dottie Hudkins, Rochester; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Phyllis Hudkins.

A celebration of the life of John "JP" Hudkins II will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at the Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester. Chaplain Jason See will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017, and one hour prior to his service Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at

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