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Charles Latimer Hughes

Charles Latimer Hughes
Memorial Candle
January 24, 1924 -- Thursday, December 14, 2017
Visitation Information: Visitation is 2-4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Summerville Funeral Home.
Service Information: Services are 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Keytesville United Methodist Church, with burial in Keytesville City Cemetery.
Contributions: Memorials may be made to the Keytesville City Cemtetery.

Biography:

Charles Latimer Hughes, (93) Keytesville, Missouri, joined his deceased family, friends and many pets on December 14, 2017. 

 

Charles was born January 17, 1924 in Moberly, Missouri, to Bondurant Latimer and Ella Marie Emerson Hughes. His parents preceded him in death. At the age of 2 Charles and his family moved to Oklahoma, settling in Oklahoma City. There he attended Hawthorne elementary, Taft    Junior High and graduated from Classen High School in May 1941. He enrolled at the University of Oklahoma and was selected for the Navy ROTC program, an opportunity not many universities offered at that time. He joined the Navy in February 1942, staying with the Navy ROTC program. From the NROTC he was commissioned Ensign in     February 1944. He was ordered to the USS Wilkes (DD-441), a destroyer operating in the SW Pacific. He took part in operations from New  Guinea to Okinawa, earning six combat stars for the Pacific Theater, one battle star on the Philippines liberation medal, American defense ribbon, along with various other medals for wartime service. He said many times that the place to learn ship handling was from the bridge of a destroyer in wartime.

 In the same year he obtained employment with the United States Postal Service. Serving in Keytesville, Salisbury and Glasgow.

 

The following years were busy times; farming, working at the post office and training with the Naval Reserve Composite Company at Moberly, Missouri. He retired in 1982 as a rural mail carrier.

 

Charles married Anna Mary Yager Fort of Mexico, Missouri in July of 1986.  They have maintained the family farm home, doing part time farming and raising Belted Galloway cattle.

 

He was a member of the Military Officers Association, the Tin Can Sailors, the Naval Airship Association, Life member of the United States Naval Institute, for which he was honored with a reception at the Naval Academy in 2002 as a 50 year member. He also served as president of the USS Wilkes Association.

 

He was a life member of the University of Oklahoma Alumni      Association and an avid Sooner football fan, an amateur             photographer, a gun collector, a model builder, an amateur         astronomer, members of the Democratic party, a prolific reader and a Ham Radio operator with call sign KBOCC, under which he   communicated all over the world. He was also a member to the  Classen High School Alumni Association and lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. Since his marriage he and his wife have traveled extensively and done pretty much what they pleased.

 

He is survived by his wife Anna Mary, of the home: son Larry and his wife Linda of Holt, MO: grandsons Charlie and Billy and their wives, Angie and Julie, great-grandchildren, Duncan, Brady, Trotter, Macy, Ty and Kyli. There are also surviving three step-daughters, one-stepson, twelve step-grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  One step-son preceded him in death.

 

Charles was a patriot, believed in the Lord, loved his animals and was fortunate to have loved two wonderful wives. Charles was a member of "The Greatest Generation".

 

In the winter of 1944, while the ship was undergoing repairs in Seattle, Charles met his future wife Helen Lavon Hocum. She was also in the Navy and was with a Naval Intelligence Security Group. Their wartime courtship resulted in marriage in April 1946.  She preceded him in death in 1984.

 

In 1946 he was ordered to Lighter-than-Air flight training and served two years as a blimp pilot. In 1948 he was released from active duty to the Naval Reserve. He served in the Naval Reserve until 1968, during his time in the Reserves he attended 13 two-week tours of training for the Navy. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. When asked why he trained to be a blimp pilot he always said it was done just for the fun of it.  In 1948 they returned to Oklahoma City and he resumed his educational pursuits at the university at Norman, graduating in June of 1949 with a degree in Geology. He was then employed in Effingham, Illinois as a geologist for the Luttrell Drilling Company. Due to the health of his  father, he returned to Keytesville in 1953 and was         associated with his father in the operation of the family farm.  That same year Charles and Helen adopted their only son, Larry.

 

 

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