Seth Hudelson

Seth Adam Hudelson, 30, was in a tragic accident in San Diego and died on July 1, 2018. Born in Oak Park on Aug. 20, 1987, he graduated from OPRF High School in 2005. He always had a deep passion for baseball, inherited from his father, and they sought out as many games as possible, at stadiums all across the U.S. His love of baseball first manifested itself at age 3 when he demanded his mom wash his “Cubbies” T-shirt every night for four months. He loved playing baseball, too. As a left-handed pitcher, he played on Oak Park Bronco and OPRF PONY tournament teams. He pitched all four years while at OPRF as well as the White Sox Academy’s travel team, which won two national championships. 

He spent a season at Triton College playing on a nationally-ranked Juco team, then moved to Hawaii to attend Chaminade University in Honolulu. It strengthened his connection with the outdoors as he loved to walk the beaches, ride the waves and skateboard everywhere. He transferred to DePaul University in Chicago and studied hospitality. While working at his family’s restaurant in Forest Park, Amelia’s Good Food & Drink, he also played on several Oak Park 14-inch softball teams. 

After working at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Oak Brook, he landed his dream job in San Diego and found a home away from home at Stone Brewing, where he was able to utilize his Cicerone certification and further strengthen his knowledge and love for craft beer. He lived vigorously, laughed passionately, and loved genuinely. He was a free spirit who always found the most happiness in nature. Racing through the clouds on his skateboard, always in search of the sun and sand. He fearlessly followed his heart, inspiring everyone around him to go in the direction of their dreams. No one was happier or laughed more. “Find your love,” he used to say. In honor of Seth, tell someone how much you love them.

Seth Hudelson is survived by his parents, Adam and Kimberly Hudelson; his sisters, Hannah Hudelson and Sarah Houhoulis; his brother-in-law, Greg Houhoulis; his nephews and niece, Carroll, Adelaide and Archibald Houhoulis; and his grandmothers, Margaret Hudelson and Jacquelyn Bryan. 

A memorial will be held at Oak Park’s Calvary Memorial Church, 931 Lake St. on Thursday, July 19 with open doors from 6 until 9 p.m. and a short service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Chicago White Sox Inner City Youth Baseball charity, in Seth’s name. The family will also hold a memorial in San Diego with Seth’s friends, specifics to be determined.

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