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Alan Hughes
  • November 30, 1951
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  • May 23, 2017

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Alan R. Hughes passed on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 with his wife and friends by his side.  He was 65 years old.  He was taken far too soon and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but especially by his wife and best friend, Brenda.  Alan also leaves behind his three boys whom he was so very proud of.  Brian, John, and Andy, respectively of Des Moines, Iowa and Austin, Texas were blessed to bring Alan an extended family of three beautiful daughter in-laws, Shelly, Kaitlyn and Jessica and six precious grandchildren.  He loved his grandchildren greatly and wanted nothing more than to be involved in their upbringing and an influence in their lives, which he absolutely was in every way.
Alan was born on November 30, 1951 and grew up in Evansville, Indiana with his mother and father, John and June and his older sister, Carol and younger brother, Johnny Lee.  Alan’s family was always a priority for him and he loved them very much.

 

From a very early age, Alan would spend countless days, months, and summers caring for and enjoying the Hughes family farm in Carmi, Illinois, about an hour from his childhood home in Evansville.  It is here that Alan found solace and refuge from the hectic city life, spending time with his beloved parents, fishing, building and tending to the acres of farmland.  It is here that he would bring his wife and children for decades, forming memories that will never be forgotten. And it is here that he will rest when his ashes are returned to the shores of the farm’s lake that he built with his father.

Alan met Brenda during high school after being introduced by his cousin in Carmi and instantly fell in love.  He wed his high school sweetheart in 1969 and they were blessed to spend nearly every moment of the next 50 years together.  They lived in various places around Southern Illinois and Iowa while Alan began his 37-year career at John Deere.  In 1975 they had their first son, Brian and began to settle down.  After they had their second son, John in 1977 they moved to Bettendorf, IA and worked through the early part of parenthood together.  After various John Deere promotions, and after their son Andy was born in 1981, Alan and Brenda ended up transferring to Kansas City, where they would spend the next 25 years together building their life and making memories.

After Alan retired in 2009, chance led him and Brenda to The Villages, Florida.  Here, they found their place and enjoyed every moment together, living life to it’s fullest. Alan often remarked how blessed he felt to live in such a beautiful place. Time in Florida was spent visiting every theme park with their kids and grandkids, golfing daily, and making new friends, always with his adored companions Ollie and Jake by his side.  He found time to travel the world and experience the great history of mankind, taking cruises and vacations throughout Europe and beyond. He traveled throughout the country often to visit family and friends, none he enjoyed more than visiting his much-loved mother and sister in Tennessee.  In addition, Alan6 found an unlikely passion in water volleyball and was even invited to participate in The Villages Senior Games two years in a row, demonstrating that everything he did, he did to the very best of his ability.

 

Alan was a husband, father, and grandfather.  He was a son, brother, and uncle. And as such, he held an undying spirit to preserve the unbreakable bonds of his family in everything that he did. Through his final years in The Villages, Alan truly exemplified what an inspired life should.  The affection and inspiration he bestowed to everyone around him now reflects graciously in his children and grandchildren.  It is with his love and integrity that they will continue to live in honor of Alan and his legacy.

May God bless his soul for eternity, and may he never be forgotten.

 

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations sent to the Cornerstone Hospice using their website link below and clicking on the “Give” tab at the top.

https://web.cshospice.org/



Service

Location:
Hope Lutheran Church
250 Avenida Los Angelos The Villages, FL 32162

Date & Time:
June 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM


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  1. 14 Jun 2017
    Heather White says:
    My Uncle Alan was a good man who will be greatly missed. Love you so much!

  2. 14 Jun 2017
    Heather and Will White lit a candle:
    Lit since June 14, 2017 at 6:17:52 PM

  3. 11 Jun 2017
    Genie and Tom McDonnell says:
    Sending our loving thoughts and healing prayers to your family.

  4. 09 Jun 2017
    Wayne and Lorelei Hoff lit a candle:
    Lit since June 9, 2017 at 6:46:59 PM

  5. 09 Jun 2017
    Bob and Liz Baker says:
    Having recently moved to the Villages we have just began to get to know Alan but during that time have became very fond of him . He was always so welcoming with a hug and smile when we would see him at Bocce or The Lakeside Groves making us feel welcome and one of the group . We are sad we will not get to spend more time with him . He was a special warm , gentle soul . Our love and prayers go out to Brenda and all the family ❤️

  6. 09 Jun 2017
    Bob and Liz Baker lit a candle:
    Lit since June 9, 2017 at 6:06:59 AM

  7. 09 Jun 2017
    Ann and Bob Kramer says:
    Dear Brenda and family our deepest sympathies goes out you. We will surely miss
    Alan .

  8. 08 Jun 2017
    Peg and Fred Bailey lit a candle:
    Lit since June 8, 2017 at 6:13:31 PM

  9. 08 Jun 2017
    Peg and Fred Bailey says:
    Alan was a true gentlemen. Always considerate of others. He enjoyed people and having fun. We are happy he was a part of our lives.

  10. 07 Jun 2017
    Marilyn & Doug Holcombe lit a candle:
    Lit since June 7, 2017 at 6:49:50 PM

  11. 07 Jun 2017
    Marilyn & Doug Holcombe says:
    Alan was always a great joy to do fun things. We watched him from our house walking Ollie & Jake every morning. He was adamant about restaurants who had done a lousy job & he never returned. He golfed walking in the weeds looking for balls. He enjoyed a dinner out with friends & all the discussions that took place. He was a social person. He was fun & loved fun.

  12. 02 Jun 2017
    Richard and Nancy Ginn says:
    Brenda, Richard and I are so grateful to have had some time with Alan. He was a wonderful man who gave unconditional peace and love to everyone he met. Brenda, we are sorry you lost your high school sweet heart. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Hugs.

  13. 02 Jun 2017
    Richard and Nancy Ginn lit a candle:
    Lit since June 2, 2017 at 6:30:43 PM

  14. 01 Jun 2017
    Gary MacDonald & June Menard says:
    Dear Brenda and Family

    We wish to extend our sympathies for your loss.
    Although we didn't know Alan well, when we did meet him at a driveway party, he was always pleasant and outgoing.

  15. 31 May 2017
    Mike and Mary Kontoulas says:
    Our deepest sympathy to you Brenda and your whole family. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. And we especially will miss him and our weekly breakfasts and adventures together. It was a truly lasting friendship made here in the Villages, Florida.

  16. 31 May 2017
    Mike and Mary Kontoulas lit a candle:
    Lit since May 31, 2017 at 5:22:53 AM

  17. 30 May 2017
    Bobby Hollis says:
    On behalf of the Hollis family please accept our deepest condolences and blessings of peace through this difficult time.

  18. 30 May 2017
    MJ & Bill Gerke says:
    Bill & I will truly miss Alan. Our hearts go out to Brenda and his family. I wish we could be there to attend the memorial service

  19. 30 May 2017
    MJ & Bill Gerke lit a candle:
    Lit since May 30, 2017 at 5:42:22 PM

  20. 30 May 2017
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    Lit since May 30, 2017 at 5:08:29 PM

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    Lit since May 30, 2017 at 5:02:09 PM

  22. 30 May 2017
    Billie Navojosky & Jean Christopher says:
    Brenda & Family,
    May the joy of the many wonderful memories with Alan comfort you today and the many days to come. You remain in our thoughts & prayers.

  23. 30 May 2017
    Billie Navojosky & Jean Christopher lit a candle:
    Lit since May 30, 2017 at 5:00:27 PM

  24. 29 May 2017
    JoAnn & Dave says:
    Dear Brenda:

    Our hearts go out to you and your family in this most difficult time.

    Love

    JoAnn and Dave

  25. 29 May 2017
    JoAnn Marino & Dave Collins lit a candle:
    Lit since May 29, 2017 at 5:53:11 PM

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    Lit since May 29, 2017 at 5:11:14 PM

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    Lit since May 29, 2017 at 5:51:49 PM

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    Lit since May 29, 2017 at 5:43:06 AM

  29. 28 May 2017
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    Lit since May 28, 2017 at 5:21:09 PM

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    Lit since May 28, 2017 at 5:20:16 PM

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    Lit since May 28, 2017 at 5:17:24 PM

  32. 28 May 2017
    Pat and Ron San George says:
    Dear Brenda and Family. The way Alan lived his last few months, so bravely, was inspirational to us all. He was a great advocate for our Villa's and we will miss him as a friend and neighbor. He leaves a legacy of loyalty, generosity, trust, and honesty to his family. The world needs more people like Alan, not less.

  33. 28 May 2017
    Pat and Ron San George lit a candle:
    Lit since May 28, 2017 at 5:30:17 PM

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    Lit since May 28, 2017 at 5:28:36 PM

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    Lit since May 28, 2017 at 5:34:48 PM

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    Lit since May 28, 2017 at 5:20:58 PM

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    Lit since May 28, 2017 at 5:28:30 PM

  38. 28 May 2017
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    Lit since May 28, 2017 at 5:42:23 PM

  39. 28 May 2017
    Kathy Travous says:
    Sending love and condolences. Alan was so kind and pleasant to be around. I wish we could have seen more of each other through the years. From Cousin Kathy

  40. 28 May 2017
    Tim Webber says:
    Brenda and family:
    We became good friends from the beginning. Tim and I always loved Alan he was so clam and such a good family man. Loved being on the go, Brenda and Alan loved to travel. He was one such a good person inside and out. Will miss you, your friends

    Tim and Jo Ann Webber

  41. 28 May 2017
    Sue Diffenderffer and Renee Scheide says:
    We will miss Alan very much, always thought of him as the "Mayor" of our Villa. He was the first to welcome us and always made us feel comfortable. A great man that was taken way too soon. Prayers to you Brenda and the kids.

  42. 28 May 2017
    Sue Diffenderffer and Renee Scheide lit a candle:
    Lit since May 28, 2017 at 5:38:08 PM

  43. 28 May 2017
    Skip & Eva Gudeth says:
    What a guy!!! We are so blessed to have known Alan. He always made us feel welcome and comfortable. He is sorely missed. We have so many reasons to celebrate his life. Our best to you and your family, Brenda.

  44. 28 May 2017
    Jim Funk and Marilynn Leahy lit a candle:
    Lit since May 28, 2017 at 5:27:11 AM

  45. 28 May 2017
    Jim Funk and Marilynn Leahy says:
    Dear Brenda and Family, Words seem inadequate to express our sadness. We will remember Alan for his kindness and enduring smile and are grateful we had the opportunity to know him. We wish you peace and courage in the days ahead and loving memories of Alan to forever hold in your hearts.

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