Ralph E. Hughes, 83, of Huntsville, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012 at his residence. He was born on April 19, 1929 in McArthur Township, Ohio, the son of the late Lloyd P. and Vera Ruth (Franks) Hughes. Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Richard C. and Rodney H. Hughes.
He is survived by his wife, the former Donna L. Meyers Roth, whom he married March 26, 1982 at Indian Lake, Ohio. He is also survived by their eleven children, Jan (Tim) Smith of Bellefontaine, Judy (Eldon) Lambert of St. Croix, USVI, Jeff Hughes of Marathon, FL, Leeanne Lusby of Bellefontaine, Gene (Marty) Hughes of Weeki Wachee, FL, David (Telisa) Hughes of Bellefontaine, Sandy Walker of Marysville, CA, Mike (Beth) Roth of Appleton, WI, Deb (Brent) Jeffers of West Liberty, Bob Roth of Bellefontaine, Nancy (special friend, Jerry Zimmerman) Roth of Xenia, and adopted son John James, Bellefontaine, a brother, Dan (Phylis) Hughes of Kenton, 19 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and his former wife, Alice J. Hughes of Bellefontaine.
Ralph was a US Army Veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict and was also a life member of the N.R.A., Elks Lodge, and American Legion Post #173. He worked as a rural letter carrier for the US Postal Service before retiring to spend time with his family and friends on Indian Lake. He enjoyed 23 years wintering in Lake Wales, FL, spending time with numerous friends fishing and being a big Earnhardt and NASCAR fan.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 13, 2012 in Indian Lake Community Church, Russells Point with Rev. Jim Ellington officiating. Visitation is scheduled at Smith-Eichholtz Funeral Home, Lakeview on Wednesday from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Huntsville Cemetery with military honors provided by the Logan County Veteran Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice or to Logan Acres Care Center Activity Fund.
Condolences may be made to www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.