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Dick Hughes (A-Mechanic)


Dick Hughes

1942 -2011

ROCK CREEK – Richard Preston Hughes, 68, of Rock Creek, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011, in his home surrounded by his wife Carrel; daughter Lori; son Todd (Anne); brother Roy (Kay); and his four stars, Rhyne, Ciera, Alex and Bo. He succumbed peacefully to a formidable battle against cancer.

Richard was born in Ione, Washington, on December 19, 1942, to Harry and Marry Hughes. He enjoyed his time as a young kid with his older brother Roy and all their grand adventures of country farm-boy living.  After moving to Missoula, he attended Hawthorne junior high and Missoula County High School, where he was an outstanding athlete in football, wrestling, track and Legion baseball.  He succeeded in them all!

After graduation in 1961, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he took extreme pride in his service to America and to ensure our freedoms we all enjoy today. After his service duty ended, Richard returned home to Missoula to marry his one love, Carrel Steinberg, right after his brother Roy had married Carrel’s sister Kay Steinberg.  They later discovered their families had arrived in Missoula the same week in August 1955. Some things are just meant to be.

Dick worked at the paper mill in Frenchtown for 39 years building relationships with many people he would later explain were like an extension of his own family.  After his 39 years of employment, he retired from the mill  on December 29, 2005.  Dick and Carrel moved to Rock Creek in 2000 to be closer to their grandkids, and he loved nothing more than to spend priceless time with each one of them. They were his pride and joy. Whether it was fishing, hunting, golf, softball or football, he still “did it all.”

He was preceded in death by his mother Mary and father Harry. Dick is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Carrel; son Todd (Anne) of Rock Creek; daughter Lori of Anaconda; grandchildren Rhyne (Ciera) of Anaconda and Alex (Bo) of Rock Creek; brother Roy (Kay) of Missoula; brother Leo of Blue Spring Mo.; sister Golda of Florence; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services were held Wednesday, July 6, at Garden City Funeral Home followed by burial with military honors at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. A gathering followed at the home of Bryan and Tami Burlingame.

The family suggests memorials to the Partners Hospice Care, 2687 Palmer St., Suite B, Missoula MT 59808; or the 3:16 Mission, 

Rest in Peace dear Friend.

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