Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
December 13, 2011 8:32 am PST


MOUNT VERNON — Samuel Richard “Dick” Hughes, 91, of Mount Vernon, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at the Country Court Nursing Center, following an extended illness.

Dick was born Feb. 10, 1920, in Crossville, Ill., to William O. and Bessie (Graves) Hughes. He grew up in Mount Vernon, graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1939, and attended The Ohio State University in Columbus. Dick served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in North Africa fighting in Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Naples, Rome-Arno, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater of Service Medal and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with six Bronze Stars; and qualified as a sharpshooter on the 30 caliber rifle.

He retired as a railroad engineer first, with the Pennsylvania Railroad which became Penn Central Railroad and then became Conrail. Dick was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, the Ralph Rickly Masonic Lodge 670, in Columbus, Mount Vernon AMVETS and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mount Vernon.

Surviving are his son, Steven R. Hughes of Mount Vernon; his sister, Laura Jeannine Reffitt of Mount Vernon; brother-in-law, Raymond Smith of Mount Vernon; many nieces and nephews including a special niece, Melanie Poole, her children, Jay Poole and Danielle (Joe) Elliott and Danielle’s daughter Madison Elliott; a special friend of Dick, Lanoir Brown of Crossville, Ill.

Besides his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Hughes; sisters, Nadine Orfanos and Bernadine Totman; and his beloved grandfather, Richard “Papa Dick” Graves.

Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road in Mount Vernon, where funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Denise L. Marikis officiating. Military honors will follow the funeral at the funeral home and burial will be in Mound View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knox County Cat Shelter, 800 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Samuel Richard “Dick” Hughes.

Raymond Kinney

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