Posted by: emsfh1 | February 3, 2010

Robert L. Hughes

Robert L. Hughes, age 86, of Mt. Carmel, IL passed away February 3, 2010.  He was born November 21, 1923 and was the youngest child of Walter B. Hughes and Dena Hill Hughes.  He married Joan Peach on December 10, 1949 and she survives him, together with his three children, Robert Gail Hughes (Martha) of Mt. Carmel, Kenneth Hughes, and Rebecca Hughes, both of Evansville, IN.  Also surviving are grandchildren Brad Hughes of Mt. Carmel, Brooke Tate (Marc) of Mt. Carmel, Laura Gray (Wes) of Evansville, and one great-grandchild, Taylor Gray.  Also surviving are nieces and nephew, Marie Kingsley of Spring Arbor, Michigan, Mary Jennings of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and John & Jeanne Borden of Lawrenceville.  He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, Luther Hughes, Edith Jones, Fern Borden, and Cordelia Theriac, all of Lawrence County.

Robert was a graduate of Lawrenceville Township High School and attended General Electric Technical Institute in St. Louis.

He was an Army veteran of World War II (Pacific theatre) serving in the Amercal Division Artillery as a Forward Observer, approaching enemy lines and radioing back the location of enemy fortifications and positions to be attacked by heavy artillery before the advancement of Allied infantry.  He participated in and received numerous campaign medals for service.

His unit was scheduled to be in the first waves of forces in the invasion of Japan, which invasion was obviated by use of the atomic bomb ending the War against Japan.  After service in occupied Japan, he moved to Mt. Carmel where he worked for several years as mechanic for Kamp Motor Company.  He later worked as a mechanic for Detroit Diesel, and in 1963 he was cited by General Motors Corporation as one of five distinguished mechanics for the Detroit Diesel Industrial Engine Division.  He completed his work career as a technician for Pacific Press and Shear of Mt. Carmel.

Robert was a lifelong member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and for over 50 years served as a member of the Honor Guard for patriotic events and funerals.  He was an officer of the Conservation Club for many years.  He spent his retirement years with his wife, helping friends, family and neighbors.

Funeral services will be held at Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Illinois at 2:00 pm Saturday, February 6, 2010, with burial in the Lawrenceville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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