Richard Hughes

Richard HughesRichard “Dick” Hughes, 67, of Johnston City, formerly of Browning, died at 1:50 p.m. Nov. 10, 2007, in rural Fulton County.

He was born Nov. 12, 1939, in Rushville, a son of Horatio Howard and Annie Lucille Watson Hughes. He married Donna Jean Shaw on Feb. 14, 1960, in Rushville.

Surviving are one son, Kevin Hughes (and companion Sherry Muffick) of Jacksonville; one daughter, Lori (and Dan) Biehl of Troy, Mo.; two brothers, Douglas W. (and Margaret) Hughes of Anderson, Calif., and George H. (and Elizabeth) Hughes of Warner Robbins, Ga.; two sisters, Sadie (and Dick) Mendenhall and Mary Hughes, both of Rushville; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Buford Hughes; and one sister, Elizabeth Serrot.

He worked as a mechanic at several service stations and later at Weakley and Sloan Implement in Havana, where he was service manager until 1977. From 1977 to 1980, he worked at Fiatt-Allis Proving Grounds in Bluff City. He owned and operated Hughes Repair Service in Bluff City from 1980 to 1995. He began his career with the Fish and Wildlife Service at Chautauqua Refuge near Havana from 1995 to 1997. He left for a brief time to work for Jackson Farms in Jacksonville for two years. In 1999, he returned to the Fish and Wildlife Service most recently working at Crab Orchard Refuge in Southern Illinois.

He was a member of Hickory-Kerton Fire Department, First United Methodist Church in Rushville and served on the Regional Board of School Trustees, serving Fulton, Schuyler and Cass counties.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Paul Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to an education fund established for his grandchildren or the American Cancer Society.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 11/14/2007