Charles P. Hughes, 85, of Fort Branch, IN passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004 in Groesbeck, TX.
He was born to the late Levi
and Fannie Hughes on June 9, 1919 in Princeton, IN.
Charles founded the Vendall Company, Inc. The Fore Corporation, the Fort Distributing
Co. and The H.F.J. Corporation
with Melvin Hollis, and Charles French. He continued as President with these
companies until they were sold in 1979. He was a World War II disabled veteran
and had decorations and citations in the Asian Pacific Theater with three
Bronze American Theater Ribbons, American Defense Service Medal, The Philippine Liberation ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the
Good Conduct Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal. He served in World War II
from October 14, 1940 to October 31, 1945. Charles was a member of the St. Bernardís Catholic
Church in Snake Run-Fort Branch, IN. He was a member of the Haubstadt Knights
of Columbus, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Fort Branch
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 2714 and the Princeton American Legion Post #
25 He was an avid golfer. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family,
reading, and traveling.
Charles is survived by his
wife Kathryn (Stewart) Hughes, 2 children Kathy Hughes-Wildman of Fort Branch, IN and Larry Hughes of Groesbeck, TX., 2 sisters, Betty
Spence of Ft. Myers, FL and Dorothy Parmenter of
Bloomington, IN. ††He is also survived by
6 grandchildren, Bryan Hughes, Amy Hughes, Michael Hughes, Lindsay Hughes,
Tiffany Wildman, and Josh Wildman.
A mass of Christian burial
will be conducted at the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Snake Run, IN on Saturday, Dec.
11th, 2004 at , burial will be in the ChurchCemetery. Father Tony Ernst will be the celebrant assisted by
Father William Deering and Father John Silva.
Visitation will be from until at the Stodghill Funeral Home located on
Hwy. 168 West in Fort
Branch, IN on Saturday, Dec. 11th, 2004. Graveside military services will be conducted on
Saturday afternoon following the mass by the FortBranch, VFW Post 2714.