Donald F. Hughes

Died May 5, 2020


On May 5, 2020, Donald F. Hughes, of Omer, formerly of Bay City, Michigan, returned home to be with his wife.

Don was born on March 21, 1938 in Bay City to Frank and Evelyn (Claes) Hughes. In 1957, he graduated from Bay City Central High School. He served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1958 until 1961. He was married to Sandra K. Hughes (Steinhoff), also from Bay City on December 14, 1968. Their life together created two sons, Jeffery Allen Hughes of Essexville, Michigan and Robert Frank Hughes, of Fairgrove, Michigan. They resided in Omer, MI, from 1977 until 2016. He was preceded in death just 62 days prior by his wife. He was also preceded by both parents and his sister, Jeanne Hughes.

Don was an avid outdoorsman and skilled “tinkerer”. He couldn't tell enough tales of him and his dad, uncles, cousins or friends, and their hunting and fishing adventures and shenanigans. He could never sit still and was always searching for and usually developing “a better way.” It always gave him joy being involved with his sons or playing the role of favorite uncle and grandpa, regardless of what the parents thought. It was nearly impossible to catch him without a smile on his face or without a daily mission.

He is survived by his two sons, Jeffery Hughes and Robert (Martha) Hughes. Also, left to cherish his memory are his sister, Marilyn (Ken) Hebert of Decatur, AL; sister, Carole (Tom) Balley of Sun City West, AZ and brother, Jerry Hughes of San Diego, CA, and as well as many nieces, nephews and three granddaughters.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service and celebration of his and Sandy's lives will be held at noon on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at the Omer Little League Field, on State Road in Omer, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38148-0142, or call 800-822-6344 or visit – Reference Memorial ID# 11956315.

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