The Washington Times-Herald

December 17, 2012

Thomas Hughes

Sept. 17, 1917 - Dec. 16, 2012

Washington Times-Herald

MONTGOMERY — Thomas E. Hughes, 95, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Select Specialty in Evansville. Born Sept. 17, 1917, in Daviess County, he was the son of John T. and Rose (Conlin) Hughes. He married Stella Rose Wilson on May 13, 1946, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Evansville. Tom served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II. He belonged to the 27th Division’s famous “Fighting Irish” regiment, conquerors of Makin and veterans of Saipan, and earned the Combat Infantryman’s badge for exemplary conduct in battle. He was also a Purple Heart recipient. He retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane in 1982. Following his retirement from Crane he worked an additional 27 years at Farmer’s Storage of Montgomery until the age of 92. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Montgomery, Washington American Legion, V.F.W., and the Washington Moose. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Stella Hughes; five children, Martha Jean (Harley) Burkhart of Washington, Linda (Mark) Strange of Montgomery, Denny (Jane) Hughes of Kentucky, Theresa (Galen) Yoder of Montgomery, and Peggy (Tim) Hogan of Bloomington; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth (Joe) Fitzgerald of Indianapolis. He is preceded in death by eight siblings: Alvin Hughes, Paul Hughes, James Hughes, Bridget Kearby, Ray Hughes, Mary Hughes and Helen Phipps. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter Catholic Church in Montgomery, with Rev. James Koressel as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the American Legion and Washington V.F.W. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with the rosary at 4 p.m. Condolences may be made online at