Jack C. Miller "Mr. Hudson" Takes Black Flag At 82
Ypsilanti, MI December 28, 2020, Jack Miller “Mr. Hudson” passed away at Superior Woods Nursing Home. He was born September 4, 1939 (Labor Day) in Ypsilanti, the son of Phoebe Melvina (Sherman) and Carl L. Miller.
After the passing of his father in 1973, Jack ran Depot Town's Miller Motor Sales, the last Hudson Dealership. When Miller Motor Sales transitioned and became Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum in the 1990s, Jack proudly took on the role of Curator, ready to share his car knowledge and later Sunday afternoon races on the television with patrons.
In 1997, Jack and Randy Mason started the Orphan Car Show, a local tradition in Riverside Park that still takes place annually. His pride and joy was Herb Thomas's Fabulous Hudson Hornet that he finished restoring in 1998.
In 2000, Jack was honored with the Ypsilanti Heritage Fellow Award for his contributions to the community. In 2009 after 29 years of research and writing centered around the Hudson Hornet, he published his book Total Domination.
Jack resigned as Curator of the Museum due to poor health in 2013, leaving him to focus on his love of cars and U of M football from the comfort of his own home.
He is survived by: his nieces, Marilyn (Carter) Eggers and Sally (Rex) Richie, both of Ypsilanti; a great niece Erin Richie of San Diego, CA and a great nephew Joseph Richie of East Lansing, MI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mar Lou (Miller) Wiltse, his brother-in-law Jack Marvin Wiltse, his nephew Jack Michael Wiltse Jr. and his great niece Cara Richie.
Due to COVID, a private graveside service will be held at Highland Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum in memory of Jack C. Miller "Mr. Hudson."