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Bedford Times-Press
Bedford, Taylor, Iowa
Thursday, February 17, 1944

OBITUARY - WILLIAM HUGHES

William HUGHES, one of ten children born to Rev. Jeremiah and Amy (NEWTON) HUGHES, was born Dec. 14, 1863, at Red Oak, Iowa. When two months of age he came with his parents to Taylor County, which had been home to him from then on, with the exception of short periods of time when the family lived in nearby towns where his father was pastor.

He was married to Miss Maggie Short in March of 1893. To them two children were born, Mrs. Bessie (HUGHES) REYNOLDS, deceased, and Jay S. HUGHES of Los Angeles. His wife died in April 1898.

On February 24, 1904, he was married to Mrs. Cora JOHNSON. To them two children were born, Doris and Dale. His kind and fatherly care was also exerted over his two stepdaughters, Mrs. Jessie DENTON now deceased and Mrs. Inez DELLES, to whom he endeared himself as to his own children.

By his devotion and kindness to his loved ones and his neighborly and friendly disposition, he has endeared himself to a large circle of friends and neighbors. His industry as a farmer and his fidelity to the principles of honesty gained for him the respect and admiration of all who knew him. In early life he became a member of the Methodist church and through life his faith in the Lord has been his ideal, strength and comfort.

Until 6 years ago, Mr. HUGHES continued his farming operations and then, because of failing health, he moved to Bedford. He died at his home in Bedford February 8, 1944, at the age of 80 years, 1 month and 25 days.

He is survived by his wife, his children, Jay S. HUGHES of Los Angeles, Mrs. Doris O'DELL and Dale HUGHES of Bedford, and Mrs. Inez DELLES of Hastings, Nebr.; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild, who were especially dear to their grandfather; one brother, Isaac HUGHES of Conway; two sisters, Miss Inza HUGHES of Conway and Mrs. Eva McGEE of Fargo, Okla.

Funeral services were conducted at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home Friday afternoon, Feb. 11, 1944, by Rev. Z. M. BRESSLER of Gravity. Burial was in the Conway cemetery.

Submitted by Juanita Fields, February of 2009

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