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James P. Hughes 1947-2009

Dec 10, 2009

A Mass of Christian Burial for James Hughes of Graettinger will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger.

Burial will be in St. Jacob’s Catholic Cemetery near Graettinger with Military Rites by the Graettinger American Legion Post # 162.

The family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home of Graettinger is handling the arrangements.

James Hughes, 62, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at his home in Graettinger.

James Patrick Hughes was born Jan. 22, 1947, in Estherville, the son of William and Bernadette (Nolan) Hughes. He attended Lake Center Grade School, and he was a 1965 graduate of Terrill High School.

Following his education, he entered the U.S. Army where he served as a medic with the 434th Medical Brigade in Vietnam.

On May 2, 1970, Jim was married to Linda Crawmer at Assumption Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The couple made their home in Graettinger. Jim was currently employed by Palo Alto County as foreman of the Graettinger Secondary Road Department. He spent 39 1/2 years working for Palo Alto County.

Jim was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Graettinger American Legion Post #162. He enjoyed farming, gardening and all kinds of sports especially Nascar. Most of all, he loved to spend time with his grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda of Graettinger; two children: Tom Hughes of Graettinger and Cheryl (Hughes) Briscoe and husband, Captain Gordon Briscoe of Fort Bliss Army Base, El Paso, TX; two special “children,” Jo and Bob Rehm; and eight grandchildren, Alexandria, Ashley, Austin, Alana, Lauren and Kyle Rehm and Shanna and Alessandra Briscoe.

Also surviving are three sisters, Mary Murphy of Rochester, WA, Cecelia Finnegan and husband, Albert of Ruthven, and Theresa Hughes of Blanco, TX; three brothers, Frank Hughes and wife, Eva of Cedar Falls, Bill Hughes of Clear Lake, and Bob Hughes of Sioux City; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob Crawmer and wife, Peg of Layton, UT, Larry Crawmer and wife, Beth of Sierra Vista, AZ, John Crawmer and wife, Bekki of Bandera, TX, Angela Flynn of Elmore, MN and Bob Dunigan of Goose Creek, SC.

Mr. Hughes was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Vincent, Richard and Tony Hughes; mother and father-in-law: Roy and Alice (Hickey) Crawmer; and his sister-in-law, Mary Dunigan.

Online condolences: www.joycefuneralhomes.com