|Loras P. Hughes
November 20, 1933 – May 19, 2017
|Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Loras P. Hughes, 83, a resident of Davenport will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4105 N. Division Street, Davenport. The Reverend Jake Greiner will be the celebrant of the Liturgy. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Long Grove, Iowa.
The family will greet friends Monday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport. There will be a prayer service offered at 4:00 p.m. that all are invited to attend. There will be additional visitation in the Gathering Space at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass Tuesday morning.
Loras was born November 20, 1933 to Patrick and Marcella (Callahan) Hughes in Cascade, Iowa. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from St. Martin's High School in Cascade. He attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and then spent two years serving in the United States Army. Upon an honorable discharge, he attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He married the love of his life, Sarah "Sally" Johnston on August 19, 1961. Loras and Sally lived in Chicago for a year as newlyweds and then returned to Davenport to raise their family.
Loras worked at Alcoa for 37 years as a mechanical engineer. He was highly respected at Alcoa and loved the company and his work. The only thing that he loved more was the Lord, his Catholic faith and his family. He and Sally were charter members of Our Lady of Victory parish and were both very involved in Parish life and John F Kennedy Catholic School and Assumption High school—where their children Holly and Bob both attended. He was also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus Council #532.
Loras was a consummate sports fan of the Assumption Knights, Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Arkansas Razorbacks when Bob played baseball there.
Loras cared for his wife Sally when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2006. That job of caregiver was the hardest and the one he took on with a labor of true love and concern until Sally passed away February 12, 2017. His work on this earth was over on that day and he passed away on her birthday May 19th. They are now joined together in heaven with their Heavenly Father.
The family would like to thank Country Manor Assisted Living and Clarissa Cook Hospice House for the care that he and Sally both received, and to Alan Wulf, Loras' good friend for all his help and friendship.
Those left to honor his memory include children, Holly (Matt) Charboneau, Loveland, CO, Bob (Amy) Hughes, Jonesboro, AR; grandchildren, Amanda, Morgan, Justin Charboneau, and Reese and Grantley Hughes; and a sister-in-law, Rosalie Hughes, Cascade, Iowa.
In addition to his wife, Sally, Loras was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Beth Gerken, and three brothers, Milton, Alfred and Cletus.
Submitted by: Kate Oliver
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