Aug. 18, 1937-Oct. 26, 2013
MARSHALL - Services for Gerald "Jerry" John Hughes, 76, of Marshall, formerly of Danvers, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, with a 4 p.m. rosary and a 7 p.m. prayer, at the Hamilton Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday, one hour prior to the service. The American Legion Post 113 will provide military honors. Burial will be at the Church of the Visitation Cemetery, in Danvers, at a later date.
He died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center. He suffered a long battle with lung disease.
Jerry was born Aug. 18, 1937, in Benson, to parents Daniel Patrick and Loretta (O'Connor) Hughes. He was baptized, received First Communion, and was confirmed at the Church of the Visitation in Danvers. In 1957, Jerry entered the United States Army, and he was a member of the 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles" until his honorable discharge in 1959.
Jerry was united in marriage to Ardys Harguth on July 1, 1961, at St. Clara Catholic Church, in Clara City. He was employed in various jobs including: running the family farm near Danvers, a mechanic with Marshal Chevrolet, a dryer operator with Marshall Produce for 23 years, and a custodian for Boerboom International. Jerry retired in 1994. The loves of his life were his wife and family. His enjoyments included reading Westerns, watching John Wayne movies, listening to Johnny Cash music, telling jokes, visiting with friends, and "drive abouts" with whomever would take him.
Jerry was a faithful member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and after his health declined, he watched Mass on TV three times a day.
Jerry is dearly loved, and he will be greatly missed by his wife, Ardys of Marshall; children, Michelle (and Rick) Gordon of Iowa, Curtis (and Justyne) Hughes of Maryland, Shawn (and Michele) Hughes of North Carolina, Shannon Davis of Kansas, Francine (and Bill) Stahl of Marshall, Courtney (and Angie) Hughes of Marshall, Mana Rae Hughes of Marshall, and beloved pet, Okie; grandchildren, Shonn (Lisa), Bobbi Jo (Bryan), Katie, Andrew, Keely, Brittany (Bryan), Tyler, Courtney "C.J.", Asthon, Nathan, Hunter, Kala, Morgan, Jackson, Zachary, Daniel, Jacob, Wyatt, Matthew, and Thomas; great-grandchildren, Corbyn, Corrine, Jersey, Christian, EthanLee, Trystin, Caelyn, and Raleigh; sisters, Loretta Dineen and Katherine "Kitty" Erhardt of Benson; also many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, D.P. and Loretta; his brothers, Daniel, Eugene, Frank, David, Thomas, Charlie, and his sister, Judy Megaw.
Blessed be the memory of Gerald J. Hughes.
Hamilton Funeral Home