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Billy D. Hughes

May 28, 1930 ~ December 19, 2020 (age 90)


Billy D. Hughes, 86, of Van Wert, passed away at 6:30 PM on December 19, 2020 at St Rita's Medical Center. He was born on May 28, 1934, in York Township, to the late William Spencer and Helen (Clouse) Hughes. in 1958, he married the love of his love, Margaret E. Young, who passed away on April 5, 1989. Together, they shared many years of memories. 

Billy served as a Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired in 1989 as a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service after 35 years. After his retirement, Billy worked for Starr Commonwealth for 12 years. 

Billy enjoyed being a mail carrier and interacting with people on his routes. He loved working in his vegetable and flower gardens and doing yard work. He especially enjoyed working with flowers and was a part time florist with McCoys for many years. Billy's basement was always filled with flowers from when he designed flowers on his own.

He always had a smile on is face and would offer to help anybody that needed it. Above all else, Billy loved his family and did everything he could to have everyone together, often doing all of the cooking and hosting himself. 

He is survived by his son, William Thomas "Tom" (Sherry) Hughes of Van Wert; daughter, Angela Kay "Angie" (Carol Rabon) Hughes of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren: Andy Detweiler, Abbey Caballero and Alex Unterbrink; great grandchildren: Devon, Carly, Ashlyn, Corbin and Landry; as well as two nieces and six nephews. 

In addition to his wife and parents, Billy was preceded in death by his sisters: Velma Hirsch, Betty Lloyd and Alice Dull. 

A public graveside service  will be held at 2:30 PM, Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Woodland Cemetery where Military honors will be rendered by the combined units of the Van Wert VFW and American Legion.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Billy`s memory may be sent to Trinity United Methodist Church.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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December 23, 2020

2:30 PM to 2:45 PM
Woodland Cemetery
10968 Woodland Ave.
Van Wert, OH 45891

Private Services

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home
722 S. Washington St.
Van Wert, OH 45891

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