Geoffrey R. Hughes

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Geoffrey R. Hughes, 70, of Gaylord, passed away Friday, August 28, 2020.

He was born September 14, 1949, in Detroit, Michigan, to his parents; Trevor and Dorothy (Paulen) Hughes.

Geoffrey married Paula Miller September 20, 1975.

Geoffrey was an avid fisherman and enjoyed building fishing rods and teaching others the art of ‘angling’. Canada was a favorite place to fish and visit with his fishing family the Ladouceurs.

For 41 years, Geoffrey maintained elevators for the Otis Elevator Co. He loved wearing anything green and when he wasn’t fishing or working, he enjoyed cooking, baking, (mostly cookies) for family, friends and every RN or CNA he met.  He also volunteered his time with the VFW and honor guard.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; son Grant (Harmony) Hughes, of Gaylord, and grandsons; Trevor and Patrick “P.J.” Hughes, his siblings; Dale (Deb) Hughes of Battle Creek, Dorene Hughes of Battle Creek, Linda (David) DePoy of Parker, CO, and Marijane (Dan) Nelson of Chelsea, Michigan.

Geoffrey was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Penny Hughes.

An intimate Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Gaylord Family Fellowship Church from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. A visitation will be Friday, September 4, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Gaylord Family Fellowship Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Breast Cancer Awareness (National Breast Cancer Foundation) PO Box 678572 Dallas, TX 75267-8572, or to the Wounded Warrior Fund, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.


12 comments on “Geoffrey R. Hughes”

  1. Paula, Grant and Harmony:
    I’m so sorry you lost Geoff.
    His VFW is mourning his loss and praying for you all.
    I will always miss his smile and my friend.

  2. We certainly enjoyed his many stories while servicing our elevators at Alpena General Hospital, now MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. He was a wealth of information. Geoff was able to keep our old cars in working order, he didn’t need a computer! Rest in Peace, Geoff.

    Plant Operation, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena

  3. So sorry for your loss. He was always kind to me and the Ayers family. Prayers of comfort and peace for your family.

  4. Geoff and I met in 1963 as Freshmen at Redford High School (Detroit MI). The beginning of a long friendship of 57 years. When his mother and father relocated to Battle Creek in 1967 we remained in contact. I made many trips to visit Geoff, his parents and his siblings. When my wife to be was attending Western we would spend some weekends at the Hughes house even though Geoff was in the Navy at time. We would go bowling with Trevor and Dorthy, Friday nights as I recall. Our families shared many activities together; many trips to Cedar Point. He was “Battle Creek Head” and Uncle Geoff to my daughters during their younger years. Later we had a son and Grant came along shortly after. So many memories……..
    one we would often share was (probably 1968) when Geoff, fresh out of the shower, got me with a whipping towel in my thigh, so I tossed the family cat (nails intact) onto his bare back (can’t repeat his reaction) and, his mother agreed he deserved it. And there were the Fly in fishing trips in Canada (Machekino Lodge) awesome, what happens in Canada stays in Canada was the rule. It has been very sad witnessing his physical decline the last few years.
    God’s speed Geoff Hughes

  5. virginia L Dushane

    He is one that you will always remember. I loved his smart-aleck sense of humor. Pops, you will be missed so much. Thanks for making me feel like family. You and Paula are amazing caring people.

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