Richard Wilson Hughes, 78, Bloomfield, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004 at Greene County General Hospital.
Born Nov. 27, 1926 in Quincy, Ill., he was the son of Wilson Brown Hughes and Emma Sarah Houser.
He graduated Quincy High School and the University of Illinois before enrolling at the University of Missouri where he earned a DVM in 1951. He practiced in Tell City before moving to Beltsville, Md., where served the U.S. government as a research associate. Returning to Indiana, he earned his master's and Ph.D at Purdue University. He taught at Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine for 15 years.
After leaving Purdue, he farmed in Montgomery County where he raised border collies and competed in national trials. He was a lifelong friend to all animals and he especially loved dogs, including his friend in dog suit, Nikki. He also enjoyed playing the blues on harmonica. His other great passion was boating and some of his happiest times were spent on board his trawler Po Tolo. He and his wife, Shirley (Crace) Hughes lived aboard for four years, cruising the coast of Maine, the Hudson River and the Great Lakes, as well as a number of inland rivers, including the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee.
Surviving along with his wife, Shirley (Crace) Hughes, are two sons, Andrew Richard Hughes and Chris Hughes; two daughters, Susan Canganelli and Merry Wright; six grandchildren, Kerby Hughes, Elsie Wright, Emily Wright, Grant Richard Wright, Nicole Hughes and Nathan Hughes; first wife, Jean Hughes and one niece Judy Harris.
He was preceded in death by his parents Wilson Brown Hughes and Emma Sarah Houser; sister, Ida Baker; brother Ray Zimmerman and nephew Jerry Baker.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Jenkins and Sons Funeral Home in Bloomfield with the Rev. Arlen Pope officiating. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the hour of service. There will be no public visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Greene County animal shelter.