Donald P. Hughes, of Natrona Heights, died March 27, 2020 at the age of 86.
He was a son of the late Earl and Helen Phillips Hughes. He was born in Waynesburg, PA on May 9, 1933.
Don entered the Army at just 14 years old and by the time he was 18, he finished his tour of duty. During his time at Ft. Atterbury, IN, he met a girl, Jacqueline Blackford. For him it was "love at first sight" and he knew he would marry her one day. Knowing each other for just three months, they married on June 30, 1951. This June would have marked their 69th wedding anniversary.
Their union produced two children, a son, Donald E. Hughes and his wife Wendy and his daughter and caregiver, Joyce E. Hughes Schiebel and her husband Alan of Natrona Heights.
Don worked as an engineer for Peoples Natural Gas Co. all his life until his retirement in 1989. He was active in the 1960s and 1970s with the Buffalo Twp. Fire Department (Assistant Chief) and later with the Sarver VFD as their Chief.
He loved cars; buying them, detailing them, loved them! and owned over 100 in his lifetime, most of them Fords.
Besides his wife, daughter and son in law, Donald leaves behind to cherish his memory, his doting grandchildren, each of them sure that they are his #1; Shannon (Bobby) Marshall, Donna (Bernie) Carr, Jacqueline (Jason) Hazlett, and DJ, Caitlin and Erin Hughes. Also great grandchildren, Hannah and Olivia Car, Alyssa and Dalton Marshall and Emma Hazlett. He also leaves behind a sister, Beverly (Ralph) McClellan of Ocala, FL and sister in law, Cathy Hughes of the Villages, FL, two brothers, M. "Rudy" (Sue) Hughes of Oberlin, OH and B. Richard (Glenda) Hughes of Uniontown, PA. Special friends that he considered family, Gary, Debbie, and Melea Venturini of Freeport, PA. Also all of his wonderful friends at the Natrona Heights McDonalds, where he sat in the same booth for more than 30 years, every morning since retirement.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Charles and Jerry Hughes, his sister, DeEtta Taylor, his son, Donald E. Hughes in 2007 and his granddaughter, Alaina Dawn Schiebel in 2001.
There will be no service at this time, due to the COVID 19 Coronavirus, but prayers for him, his family and our entire country would be appreciated.
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