Donald R. Hughes

February 24, 1938 ~ April 21, 2020 (age 82)

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Donald R. Hughes 82, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 1:27 A.M. Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was born on February 24, 1938, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the son of Harold Walter and Alice Mae (Kiser) Hughes. On April 12, 1976 in Tawas City, Michigan, he married Judy Mullins and she survives.

In 1957 he graduated from Scotland (Pennsylvania) School for Veteran's Children.

Mr. Hughes was a Vietnam War veteran having served with United States Air Force for over twenty eight years retiring as Senior Master Sargent.  He had worked for the Grissom Redevelopment Authority in Bunker Hill for many years. His service time with the Air Force also included over ten years of foreign service and numerous decorations, citations, medals, badges and campaign ribbons.  After retirement he enjoyed traveling with Judy, spending time working in his yard and was an avid sports fan.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Hughes, Rochester, Indiana, children, Donna (David) LeClair, Circle Pines, Minnesota, Dawn (Mark) Major, Bozeman, Montana, Wade (Shantell) Hughes, Jacksonville, Florida, Michelle Hughes and husband Troy Ferdig, Bennington, Nebraska, step-son, Kevin (Donna) Kruesel, Ham Lake, Minneosta, grandchildren, Maia (Trevor) LeClair Schaeffer, Andrew (Yasmin) Major, Carolynn Major, Danielle Rodeghier, Lane (Mandi) Hughes, Bella Hughes, Vincent Hughes, Owen Ferdig, Joslyn Ferdig, brothers, Charles (Barb) Hughes, Moses Lake, Washington, Robert Hughes, Tyrone, Pennsylvania, Dennis (Kathy) Hughes, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, father-in-law, Ralph Mullins, Rochester,  and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard Hughes, Thomas Hughes, Gary Hughes, sisters, Darlene Meyer and Patricia Lightel.

Private services will be conducted at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be expressed at


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