He was born in Columbus, Ohio, July 2, 1930, to Edward J. Hughes Sr. and Madeline (Courtade) Hughes.
Ed was a 1948 graduate of St. Mary's High in Columbus, Ohio. Later, he joined the United States Army during the Korean Conflict in occupied Japan, became fluent in Japanese language, and also acted as a translator for the Army. He also worked as a wholesale salesman/driver for Tasty Bread, engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation, heavy equipment welder for the Williams Company, law enforcement officer in Ohio, technician representative for coin operated laundry machines, security officer for St. Mary's Georgia Sub Marine Base, drove a moving van for the United States Military, and was a tour bus driver. He loved to raise and graft roses, and was a proud supporter of the Foundation for the Developmentally Delayed, and provided a loving, caring home for his wife and step-grandson.
He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart Pat Rice-Cooley, children Colleen Sexton (Mike), Ed Hughes III (Nancy), Mike Hughes (Tracy), Katie Cautela, Dan Hughes (Fern), Mark Hughes, sister Eileen Pflum (Ted), brother Thomas Hughes, stepdaughter Sue Ann Bible (Bill), step-grandson Brian Francis, 18 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard Hughes, sister Dolores Heininger.
At his request, cremation will be performed. His care has been entrusted to Lawson-Miller Chapel. Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Etna, Ohio, June 26, 2008, at 2 p.m.
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