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Obituary of John “Jack” Robert Hughes, Sr.

John “Jack” Robert Hughes, Sr. passed away on Oct. 10, 2016 at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. He was 82.

A private graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 followed by a Celebration of Life, at 5 p.m. Friends and family are invited to attend this celebration at St. Canice Hall, 236 Reward Street, Nevada City.

Jack was born on May 2, 1934 in Nevada City, California to Eugene and Goldie Hughes. He attended grade school in Grass Valley and was a member of the first graduating class of Nevada Union High School in 1953. He married Yvonne L. Peterson on April 18, 1953 in Reno, Nevada. He served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1957 and was awarded the National Defense Medal and the Air Force Cross for his service. He moved to Truckee, California in 1957 to work for Sierra Pacific Power Company. In 1961 he moved back to Grass Valley to work in construction and logging until he retired in 2004 at the age of 70.

Jack was a fish-a-holic! He was devoted to his family and a friend to everyone he met, especially if they were a San Francisco 49ers or Giants fan! He was a member of the American Legion, Post 130.

He had an enormous capacity for love and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Jack is survived by his wife Yvonne; sons John (Meg), Kevin (Tina), and Eric (Denise); grandchildren Jeremy, Annie, Tahny, Sean, Billy, Michelle and Chelsey; and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Tom. He was preceded in death by his parents; and by ten of his eleven brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be given to the Grass Valley Chapter of the Native Daughters of the Golden West Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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