Ronald “Ron” M. Hughes

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died October 10th, 2019

Ronald “Ron” M. Hughes, 60, of Escanaba, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 10, 2019 while working in Grand Rapids, MI.

Ron was born at St. Francis Hospital on April 18, 1959.  He was the 7th of ten children and grew up in the small town of Gladstone, MI where he spent many hours helping on the family farm.  He graduated from Gladstone High School and shortly after he started his 41-year long career as a lineman.  Ron took immense pride in his line of work but his heart was truly tied to his family.

He loved watching his grandchildren grow and sharing with anyone who would listen the stories of their accomplishments.  He was a dedicated spouse, father and grandfather.  During Ron’s life, he spent most of his time either on the farm he and his wife owned, working on projects.  He was always working on something rain or shine but always found ways to involve his loved ones.  He enjoyed spending time at hunting camp or camping with his wife, friends and horses.  He may have been a man of few words but he left us all with a lasting impression of goodness, integrity and love.

Cherishing his memory and love are his wife of 20 years, Corrilyn (Burroughs) Hughes; children, Adam (Sherry) Hughes, Doug Hughes, Amanda (Tony) Miron, Kaitlyn Peterson and Kacie Peterson and 12 grandchildren.  He is also survived by his mother, Ileen Hughes; siblings, Sr. Rosalie Hughes SPC, Barb Hughes, Ray (Barb) Hughes, Joe Hughes (Amy Braun), Ileen (Greg) Meyers, Connie (Allen “Zack”) Smith, Larry (Karen) Hughes and Mary Hughes; as well as many special nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry “Hank” C. Hughes in November of 2018; and brother, Patrick Henry Hughes in January of 2019.

Visitation will be on Thursday, October 17th from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba.  The Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Friday, October 18th at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Flat Rock.  A meal will follow in the church hall.

Burial will be in Escanaba Twp. Cemetery.

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33 Tributes to “Ronald “Ron” M. Hughes”

  1. Deepest sympathy Cory and the entire family. A true tragedy and terrible accident. I pray that the pain in your heart now can eventually be replaced by many happy memories. God comfort all of you.

  2. Adam, Sherry and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family in this difficult time.

  3. I send my sincere condolences to the entire Hughes family.
    I’m so very sorry for your loss of Ron. As his obituary says, “He was a man of few words” but that smile says it all!
    He was always “Ronnie” to me, Ileen’s little brother. Such a good guy.
    My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

    ~Cheryl (Kalishek) Bernard

  4. I am deeply sorry Hughes Family. Prayers and strength to all of you during this difficult time.
    Susie Hughes

  5. Sincere condolences to the entire Hughes family. Ron was such a good man. Many prayers

  6. I worked with Ron only a few weeks and he made working around him enjoyable and fun. He was a true leader and loved sharing his knowledge of the trade. Ron will be truly missed!

  7. Praying for your entire family during this terrible time of grief. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Dear Hughes family and friends – we at Alger Delta, where Ron worked for many years, are saddened to hear of this tragedy. We are torn anytime someone from our industry is taken in such a dramatic and senseless way. Our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and more are with you in these days and we pray that you will be comforted by the One who is the author of Peace.

  9. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family! You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Ron was always quiet but he had the biggest smile all of the time. He will be sadly missed.

    Love Mary and Mike Guthrie

  10. Words are hard to come at this difficult time, I grew up with this Amazing family in Flat Rock so my heart aches as they were a part of my family. Ron was a quiet talking man but he had a smile that was warm and genuine. May the Lord and your family keep you strong in the quiet days ahead, reflect back on all the good he did and all the love he shared with his family. Know that you have so many praying and holding you in their hearts. God Bless you all

  11. My sympathies to the entire Hughes family on Ron’s passing. I remember him as a toddler. You were all a highlight of my youth in Flat Rock. God Bless you all.

  12. Cory, I am so sorry to hear about Ron. What a terrible thing to happen! Take care of yourself.

  13. Sister Rosalie and Family. I am so sorry to hear of Rons passing. Prayers for you. Hugs

  14. To the entire Hughes Family, I am sincerely sorry for your tragic loss. You are all in my thoughts are prayers as you celebrate Ron’s life this week. As you go through the weeks and months ahead, may you find peace in beautiful memories.

  15. Sending our deepest condolences to your family. We are so sorry for your loss.

  16. From a fellow lineman. May you rest easy brother. Condolences to your family and prayers for them in this difficult time.

  17. Please know of my prayers as you mourn Ron. I was very sorry to hear of his sudden and tragic passing. God’s peace.

  18. To the Hughes Family, I had the pleasure of working with Ron for many years. He was a thoughtful and most capable man. His contributions to our industry will live on.

  19. My sincere condolences to the entire Hughes family, with you all being in our in our thoughts and prayers with this sudden and tragic passing. When the person you love has gone away, remember you always have their memories with you. It is something that no one can take away from you. We are thinking of you during this sad time.

  20. I’m so sorry for your loss, Hughes family. I never met Ron but I live near the site of the accident, and my heart goes out to you.

    Eternal Rest grant unto Ron, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him, and may he rest in peace.

  21. Dear Hughes family, please accept my heartfelt condolences.. Even though our paths hadn’t crossed for many years I have many fond memories of Ron during our years in high school together. He was a true friend who was always there when needed. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hughes family. Words cannot express my sorrow. Hank and Ileen welcomed me into their home when I was young, and I loved each and every one of their family. Ron was truly a great man and he will be greatly missed.

  23. I was so saddened to hear of Ron’s Passing… Cory, I am sending so very much love & MANY prayers your way, as well to the Hughes family. I lived above the Flat-rock store many years ago, & grew to love & respect the entire Hughes family… May our Heavenly Father envelope each of you with His love & comfort… & may your precious memories of Ron fill your heart with love… ❤️ Shari Norris

  24. Prayers for the entire Hughes family on Ron’s tragic passing. I’ve known Ron since we met in kindergarten at Flat Rock Elementary and have such fond memories of our friendship throughout the school years. May God’s love and comforting hand be with all of you.

  25. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ron and his family, I and the pleasure to work for and with Ron, he was a good guy and I’ll miss him…. Rest In Peace Brother

  26. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Hughes Family. I had the great privilege growing up in Flat Rock with this wonderful family. May peace find you in this very difficult time.
    Stay Strong.

  27. Our deepest Sympathy to Cory and the Hughes family. Ron was a dear friend who I deer hunted with for over 20yrs. I will miss all the great times we had at camp. God Bless.

  28. As Ronald Matthew’s oldest sister, I respectfully extend deepest heartfelt sympathy to the entire Hughes family line, to Ron’s friends, classmates, neighbors & the fabulous Brotherhood of Linemen with whom Ron worked, mentored & taught over 40 yrs.! I have always been so proud of who Ron was & especially touched by his gentle spirit, good humor, hard work & availability, the tender love he held for each in his growing family, his care & love of animals & nature, Ron’s love of God & witness of faith, his deep regard & gratitude for his parents, Hank & Ileen Hughes, his largeness of heart & generosity to always open he & his wife Cory’s home to so many young people boarding horses on the farm, mentoring them & teaching them respect, compassion & responsibility. I am touched & grateful to Ron for his contemplative way of living & loving simply! He not only literally built bridges on their property, he was a bridge builder in what he said & did, in his personhood; a non-violent & peaceful man of God. Carrying his crosses with grace & dignity, after Christ, Ron won the Eternal Crown of Glory!
    Without knowing, Ron reached his sanctity, mission complete, & lives a New Life now in Christ, more present to us than ever before in person, even though we loved having him in person! Those who met Ron liked him, those who knew Ron loved him💕
    Ron, may you rest in Eternal Bliss with the God Who created you, gifted us with a short while & suddenly called you Home to Himself. Enjoy special communion with Dad, brother Pat, & the Communion of Saints🕊 I love you & will miss you! Pray for us, Dear Brother, Ron🙏

  29. Sister Rosemary, Ileen, and the entire Hughes Family. Our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. Mike and Cathy (Groos) McCarthy

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