Lee Hughes


Lee Weston Hughes, 77, of Clear Lake, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at the Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with Rev. Daird Korth of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Ventura, Iowa, officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the Clear Lake V.F.W.  Following the service, he will be cremated and inurnment will be at a later time in Evergreen Cemetery, Britt, Iowa.  Visitation will be Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. at the funeral home and 

then one hour before the service.  Family suggests memorials to Lee W. Hughes memorial fund.

Lee was born June 9, 1935 in rural Belmond, Iowa, the son of Weston DeRush and Ada Marie (Shahan) Hughes.  He attended school in Ventura.  Following high school he enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean War Nov. 1952 - Nov. 1955 as a SP(T) third class. 

Lee married Phyllis Baxter Amy June 14, 1958.  He worked at Red Wing Shoes, Red Wing, Minn., and the the Clear Lake Bakery for over 38 years, retiring in 1997.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening, telling jokes, playing with his grandchildren, and having coffee with the boys at Town Pump and V.F.W.  He enjoyed dancing and had more moves then John Travolta.  He also enjoyed helping Kenny DeWitt on the farm and was well known as an ace pool player and for his Words of Wisdoms.  He was a member of Clear Lake V.F.W.

Lee is survived by his three children, Debra “Amy”  (Larry) Ott, Greene, Iowa, Jeff (Shelly) Hughes, Faribault, Minn., and David (Robin) Hughes, Mason City;  and best friend, Phyllis Hughes, Clear Lake; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Gary (JoAnn) Hughes, Franklin, Tenn., Lyle (Margaret) Hughes, Marion, Iowa, Paul (Judy) Hughes, Parkersburg, Iowa, Keith (Suzette) Hughes, Trusdale, Iowa, and Darwin (Jan) Hughes, Clear Lake; and two sisters, Becky (Steve) Frerichs, Steamboat Rock, Iowa, and Linda (Gene) Helland, Fonda, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ginny Mennenga, Barbara Pals and an infant sister, Lola Mae; and infant son, Thomas DeRush Hughes.  

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements. 

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