Henry “Hank” C. Hughes

Resided in Gladstone (Flat Rock) , Michigan
Died November 5th, 2018

Henry “Hank” C. Hughes, 95, of Flat Rock, passed away Monday, November 5, 2018, at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba.

Henry was born in Escanaba on May 23, 1923, son of Andrew and Honor “Onnie” (Connors) Hughes. He was raised in Flat Rock and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1941.

On February 1, 1947, Henry married Ileen Neuens at Holy Family Church in Flat Rock. Together they celebrated 71 years of marriage and raised their ten children.

Henry was self-employed on the farm all his life until his retirement in 2001. He worked at Mead Paper from 1948-1951, was the Escanaba Township Supervisor from 1948-1954, he worked at Farmer’s Supply for 7 years, and was the Gladstone School Transportation Supervisor for 25 years, retiring from there in June of 1990. Throughout these years, from 1957-2000, he also worked for Surge Dairy Supply, Equipment Sales and Service.

He was a life member of Holy Family Parish where he spearheaded the Centennial celebration of Holy Family Parish, the Golden Jubilee, and The Ten Commandments monument for the Parish. He was an altar server for many years, and until recently trained new altar servers for the church. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 640 for 73 years, Escanaba Serra Club and Companion of Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres for 35 years.

Among survivors are his wife Ileen; children: Patrick (Donna) Hughes of Kenora, Ont. Canada, Sr. Rosalie Hughes SPC. of Escanaba, Barbara Hughes of Gladstone, Raymond (Barbara) Hughes of Gladstone, Joseph Hughes of Wetmore, Ileen (Greg) Meyers of Bark River, Ronald (Cory) Hughes of Escanaba, Connie (Allen “Zack”) Smith of Navarre, FL, Larry (Karen) Hughes of Gladstone and Mary Hughes of Bozeman, MT; 26 Grandchildren and 41 Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Dr. Andrew Jackson Hughes and Honor “Onnie” (Connors) Hughes, 7 brothers and 2 sisters.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th Street, Escanaba. The Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. following visitation.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, November 9, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Flat Rock with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Hughes family. A memorial will be established at a later date.

Burial will take place in Escanaba Township Cemetery.

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7 Tributes to “Henry “Hank” C. Hughes”

  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of loss and sadness. I pray that God’s blessing, peace, and love fill your hearts with strength, calm, and goodness. May God hold you all in God’s loving grace and blessing.
    Sr. Annette Johnson, SSND

  2. My thoughts and prayers for comfort during this time Aunt Ileen and family. I will always cherish my childhood memories spending it with your family.

    Susie (Hughes)

  3. To Mrs. Hughes, my old best friend Pat and all the “kids”, my heartfelt condolences. I grew up knowing Hank and the Hughes “clan”, and was always welcomed at their home. What a great family! God Bless you all.

  4. We send our sincere condolences to Mrs. Hughes & the entire Hughes family.
    I have so many fond memories of all of you, because of my friendship with Ileen! (Puts)
    There is one occasion that has given us a good laugh throughout the years.
    Dennis (my husband to be at the time) & I were able to get a “tour” of the operation of the maple farm that Hank & Ileen had.
    There was a “little incident” involving “hanging on” during the tractor ride that Hank gave us!!
    Thanks for the ride, Henry! May you rest in peace.
    Ours prayers are with all of you.

    Cheryl (Kalishek) & Dennis Bernard

  5. My prayers and thoughts are with each of you. May you find comfort in all the love your Dad instilled in so very many and God’s blessing of giving you him for so many years. Hold on to the wonderful memories and his loving spirit continues.
    Sr. Rosalie, I wish I could provide you with the amazing comfort and guidance you gave me 10 years ago. Be as kind and consoling to yourself as you are to all who are blessed to know you.

  6. With heartfelt sympathy to the Hughes family. Hank touched many lives while driving bus over the years from one generation to the next and we grew up knowing most of the family. Much love and many prayers to all of you.

    Beth (Sargent)Cavadeas

  7. Dear Aunt Ilene and family,

    I am sorry for your loss as we know all too well what you are going through since we just has the same experience. Love and prayers for the family.

    from The Guthrie’s

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