Obituary: Timothy William Hughs

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5/27/1947 – 9/13/2023

Timothy William Hughs, passed away quietly on September 13, 2023 surrounded by friends and family who loved him. God broke the mold after Tim was born to the late Harland & Marjorie Hughs on May 27, 1947, in Ashland, Kansas. Raised as an only child on a cattle and wheat ranch among the rolling fields of southwest Kansas shaped Tim to be someone who loved his family deeply, both near and far, and perhaps gave him the preference for the bright lights of a big city instead of the streetlights of a small town.

Tim married Ruth Elaine Anderson in 1967 and were married for 30 years. Tim & Ruth were blessed with the adoption of one-year old Megan Elizabeth in 1976, a loving and devoted daughter who was Tim’s fiercest advocate in his later years.

Tim graduated from Wichita Drafting College in 1967 and the same year, enlisted in the United States Navy and served with honors as a Draftsman for the Navy’s Construction Battalion, better known as the Seabees. Tim served during the Vietnam War effort stationed in Vietnam, Midway Island and finally Gulfport, MS before being discharged with honors. Following service to his country, Tim earned a degree from the University of Kansas in Art Education, graduating in 1977 and would go on to teach Art at Nottingham Elementary and Eudora Middle School until 1984. Following his teaching career, Tim put his drafting expertise back to work at Hercules / Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in 1984 as Draftsman until his retirement in 2003.

Tim had a passion for the fine arts and live theatre performances and was an avid collector of Fiestaware and Roseville pottery, including a never ending hunt for the “rare finds”. As a collector and creative artist, Tim loved to frequent flea markets and antique stores and had a special place in his heart for White Cloud, KS where he could find treasures with friends. Tim was known for his quick wit, outgoing personality, and infectious laugh. Tim was a loyal friend and was blessed by deep friendships that stood the test of time. Tim was also an avid and faithful supporter of the Eudora Public library and served on the library board.

Tim lived out his final years at the Silverado Memory Care Facility in Overland Park, KS and was immensely blessed by his caregivers and community of friends there. Tim is survived by his daughter Megan Weeks, her husband Matt Weeks, their children Tyler, Cameron & Zachary and former spouse and friend, Ruth Hughs.

Tim requested no funeral or memorial service, but please consider a donation to the Eudora Public Library or the Eudora Food Pantry in his honor, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

A celebration of Tim’s life will be held at a later date.

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