Thomas Hughes


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Posted Online: March 06, 2013, 7:16 pm
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Thomas J. Hughes, 87, of Rock Island, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Friendship Manor, Rock Island.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at St. Pius X Church, Rock Island. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline, with a rosary service at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island, with military honors by American Legion Post 246, Moline. Memorials can be made to St. Pius X Church, Rock Island.
Thomas was born April 23, 1925, in Rock Island, the son of James Sr. and Helen Lavelle Hughes.
Thomas was a military veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of St. Pius X Church, Rock Island, and the Broadway Historical District. He attended St. Joseph High School in Rock Island and St. Ambrose University in Davenport. He retired from Bituminous in 1986 after working at their Rock Island, Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis offices. He enjoyed his morning coffee with his friends and local politicians at Theo's in downtown Rock Island.
Survivors include his brother and sisters-in-law, William and Claire Hughes, Roscoe, Ill., Joy Hughes, formerly of Rock Island; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Leo Hughes Jr.; and a sister, Mary Claire Dailey.
Condolences may be left at RaffertyFunerals.com.














 



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