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Russ Hughes (W0IFS)

Jan 4 2012

Hughes, Russel B. Peacefully join- ed his Lord on January 4, 2012 at age 96 from Catholic Eldercare of Minneapolis, where he had been lovingly cared for. Russel was a lifelong resident of Plymouth; longtime amateur radio operator, using his skills in service to others as WIFS. He served his country in WWII. He was a humble and amazingly hard worker for 40+ years at Onan Corp., and every day of his life for others. Beloved husband of Annette for 62 years; loving father of seven, Cecile Hughes, M. Christine (Greg) Richards, Barbara Hughes, Peggy Jones, Patty (Tim) Cain, Michael (Gayle) Hughes, Ellen (Rick) Crichton; a proud grandfather and great-grandfather; brother of Jeanette Hughes. He will also be missed by many other loving relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Monday at the Church of St. Mary of the Lake, 105 N. Forestview Lane in Plymouth. Visitation 2-5 PM Sunday at Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel 15800 37th Avenue N. at Vicksburg Lane and 1 hour prior to Mass at church. Interment Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials preferred. Gearty-Delmore Plymouth 763-553-1411

Contributed by: (N0CRS)

Back about 1965, a 11 year old boy from a north side neighborhood of the city of Chicago, who had recently lost his father to cancer, moved to a strange place of suburban Minneapolis. The boy had a budding interest in radio and electronics, but was obviously lost to know how to explore it. However, this curiosity about science and radios was noticed by his mother and told to his teachers at the Catholic school. So one day the teaching nuns introduced that boy to a kindly gentleman from the same parish who they knew well (his daughter Barbara was a classmate) and whom they knew he was an enthusiastic radio ham. That boy was me, and that man was Russ Hughes. Long before the term Elmer became popular, Mister Hughes, the only name I ever called him, a hard working man with a large family of his own, still took the time and energy to be a father figure to more two young boys, mentoring both my cousin Robin and I, in the art of electronics and amateur radio. He gave us our Novice license tests. But much more, Mister Hughes also demonstrated patience in his passion for VHF 2m operations, and inspired awe with his skills in home-brew and hands-on ham radio! His help inspired both my cousin and I both to go into technology deeper and have successful careers. And the examples of his strong moral character continues to have an impact in me to this day. I have no doubt that his soul rests in the best of all possible places. 73 de John ex-WN0PEV / WA0PEV / now W0PV

Contributed by: John Rech (W0PV)

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