In loving memory of

Robert J. "Bob" Hughes
March 22, 1935 - June 4, 2019

Robert J. "Bob" Hughes, 84, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, June 4, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Robert's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Friday, June 7, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar, Iowa. Burial will be at the St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, with military honors. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Joseph Hughes was born on March 22, 1935 in Rural Elwood, Iowa, to Leo and Madeline (LaFayette) Hughes. He was a 1953 graduate of Elwood High School and then entered the U.S. Navy where he honorably served his country being stationed on the USS Destroyer Dashiell. He married Barbara Ellen Wilcox on November 26, 1955 in Delmar, Iowa. Together they had three children: Mark, Cindy and Brian.

"Bob" was a lifelong farmer. He grew up on the family farm in rural Elwood, then moved to Fall River, Massachusetts with his wife Barbara while in the Navy, and upon receiving an honorable discharge, then returned back to the family farm where he lived the remainder of his life.

"Bob" was a member of the Delmar Lions Club, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Menzo Widle American Legion Post #381 of Lost Nation, and in earlier years the Naval Reserve Unit.

"Bob" enjoyed playing cards, rooting for the Chicago Cubs, celebrating his Irish heritage, and traveling with his wife Barbara with a favorite trip being a cruise through the Panama Canal. He always had a joke or story to tell and made new friends wherever he went. He especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Barbara Hughes of Delmar, IA; children, Mark (Michelle) Hughes of Maquoketa, IA, Cindy Hughes (Alan) Chittick of Waunakee, WI, and Brian (Wanda) Hughes of Delmar, IA; 5 grandchildren, Jason (Cailey), Levi, and Bobbie Hughes, Emily and Jesse Chittick; 4 great-grandchildren, Aida, Haiden, and Colt Hughes, and Kaia Chittick; brothers, Paul (Denyse) Hughes of Maquoketa, IA, Dr. Thomas (Mary) Hughes of Geneseo, IL and Dennis (Debbie) Hughes of Park View, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Donald Hughes, and 2 grandchildren Molly and Elizabeth Hughes.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert J. "Bob" Hughes memorial fund has been established.

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Cliff Shady. (Davenport) wrote on Jun 10, 2019:

"I am very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a great guy helped me out a lot .Barb and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Rest in Peace. Bob "

Matt Costello wrote on Jun 9, 2019:

"Hughes Family I'm so sorry to hear of Bobs passing, Always enjoyed having him at our Auctions. Prayers to the family."

Marlene Mc Cloy wrote on Jun 9, 2019:

"One of my fondest memories of Bob happened shortly after losing both my parents. Bob was mowing the cemetery when I walked over to my parents' grave. I must have been there too long, eventually hearing these words from behind, "looks like you could use a hug." I turned around and said,"yes." Bob replied, "I am dirty and full of grass." I said," That's alright, my dad gave me hugs when he was dirty and full of grass too." We spent some time talking about my parents, touching me how Bob talked about them with genuine care and friendship. I promise you Bob, now when I go out to visit my parents, I will stop by your grave, praying for the gift of compassion you shared with so many and peace for you and your family. RIP, Bob. I will miss our little chats."

Dot Belling wrote on Jun 8, 2019:

"Cindy, Your dad was amazing! The friendship he had with my dad was fierce. It withstood so much. He made tough times bearable, fun times memorable and memorable times priceless. I am honored and blessed to have known him. Remembering Bob will forever remain in my heart. My deepest sympathies, Dot (Gannon) Belling "

Ken and Pam Bowman wrote on Jun 8, 2019:

"So sorry to hear of Bob's passing,one of my favorite people always happy and friendly and a good joke now and then. I will miss him alot"

Dr. Paul and Valerie Horst wrote on Jun 7, 2019:

"Mark, Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this time."

Cathleen wrote on Jun 7, 2019:

"The Hughes Families, You all are in our thoughts and prayers! Bob was an amazing man, always with a smile on his face! May he rest in peace! Gary & Cathleen Holtz"

Kari L Franck wrote on Jun 7, 2019:

"Brian So Sorry to hear about your father! You have my deepest sympathy !"

jerry renner wrote on Jun 7, 2019:

"so sorry to learn of Bobs passing .I know he was a huge baseball fan when coaching jason and levi he was at every game . when passing on the street he would always stop and chat for awhile,always pleasant and cheerful. Jerry,JIllane,Luke.Kendra Renner"

Mark Maze wrote on Jun 7, 2019:

"So very sorry that Bob has left us. will always remember him as an all around great guy who always had something to say or tell you to make you smile or grin or chuckle. I know there are gonna be a lot of heavy hearts missing Bob all around here because i am pretty sure Bob knew at least half the people in all of Clinton and Jackson county. "

Julie DeHaven wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He will always hold a special place in my heart! He made me smile during some of my darkest days and for that I will forever be thankful!"

Jane Lunardi wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"We?ll miss you so Uncle Bob! Always a smile and a quick joke or story. I don?t believe I ever saw you be cross or upset. You are a true gentleman and friend to all. Love you....Jane"

Helen Fay Green wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"You have my sympathy. Helen Fay (Wilslef) Green. (Leo Hugh's first cousin.)"

Patsy Krantz wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"Barb and Family. What a shock. He will be missed by all who knew him. The mornings won't be the same at McDonald's without his smile and great sense of humor Cherish the Loved shared and Memories made, for these keep our Loved ones with with us forever in our hearts. My deepest sympathy to you all."

Rose Wendel wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"One of my favorite people to see come through the door at Family Clinic. What a great man and am saddened by his leaving us. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. "

Tanya Roeder wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"When Bob was in he was always such a character and grinning ear to ear. Always enjoyed getting the chance to help him out because he was so genuine and appreciated everyone around him. Peace to his family during this difficult time. Tanya Roeder, MSB "

Cathy Bailey Pharr TX wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"Barb and family - So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all."

Terry & Jennifer Henningsen & family wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"Love and peace to the Hughes family. He will be remembered always."

Gary and Kathy Ihrig wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"Sorry to hear about Bob?s passing. He was a great guy and will be missed by many!"

Gary and Kathy Ihrig wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"Sorry to hear about Bob?s passing. He was a great guy and will be missed by many people!"

Chuck & Mary Seyfert wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"Bob was a big influence in my life and probably didn't even know it. He saved my life. I love you Bob, Tell Jesus I'm coming to see him."

Margaret (Gannon) Kuhl wrote on Jun 5, 2019:

"What I remember most about Bob is his bright smile and genuine care for others. What a great friend he was to my Dad! I will always remember the kindness he showed our family and forever grateful."

Janet Gartman Trekell (Clarence and Bertha Gartman wrote on Jun 5, 2019:

"So sorry to read of Bob's passing. He always was very friendly and a true friend to many. My sympathy to the whole family. I will be out of town and will not be able to attend services, but wanted you to know my thoughts will be with your whole family."

Stub and Cindy Pape wrote on Jun 5, 2019:

"So very sorry Barb and family for your loss, will miss seeing Bob around town, always with a smile , God Bless"

Barb Meyer wrote on Jun 5, 2019:

"Bob my heart is saddened by your loss to the point I'm numb. I cant beleieve you are gone who will greet me at the restaurant door with that hug an kiss on the cheek an say hows my barbie today. No matter where I saw you. You greeted me with that hug an warm smile You had such a warm smile an such a caring heart. I know the Angel's are holding you close in their loving arms I will hold you close in my heart forever. To all of Bob's family you have my deepest sympathy. He was one of the best the heavens will shine alittle brighter for his smile will light up the sky. I know you are gone now Bob but you will never be forgotten I will miss you always an will hold you in my heart forever. "

Carlyle Merritt wrote on Jun 5, 2019:

"Barbara, we are very sorry for your loss. We will miss you and Bob as part of our class when together. God bless you and your family. Love Carlyle."

Tom and Katie Gannon wrote on Jun 5, 2019:

"RIP, Bob! My father enjoyed Bob?s company tremendously. Bob had a big heart, a warm smile, and he lived the Gospel message fully. The Irish don?t say to the grieving, ?My sympathies? but rather ?I stand with you.? And so, we stand with Bob?s family to honor his life, his good works, his generosity, and his awe inspiring legacy. May his memory be a blessing!"