Together again, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Vernon Marion Hughes slipped from this life to join his sweetheart, Lois Joan Baker Hughes, on the other side of the veil.
Vernon was born March 13, 1927, the fifth child, of Jonathan Marion Hughes, and Naomi Stephens Hughes in Milford, Utah. He lived a full and happy life and all of his children were able to see him during the month he celebrated his 88th birthday.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Doris (Maurice) Johnson, and brothers Stanley (Louise), Wallace (Ruth), Nolan (Joyce), and Max.
Vernon loved scouting and earned his Eagle Rank along with all of the merit badges available at the time. Immediately he became a scoutmaster, at age 18, helping other young boys to advance in scouting.
Vernon enlisted in the Army Air Corp, which later became the U.S. Air Force, at the end of WWII. When the war ended he went to Utah State University in Logan to earn his bachelor’s degree. While there he attended ROTC and earned his officers commission in the Air Force.
While at USU he met a beautiful young woman, Lois Joan Baker, from Beaver, Utah. Despite the rivalry between their high schools in Milford and Beaver, Vernon and Joan were able to find many things to love about each other. They graduated from USU on June 9, 1952, and were married the next day on June 10, 1952, in the Logan LDS Temple.
Vernon’s career in the Air Force took them to many places including California, Ohio, Montana, Spain, Nebraska, Okinawa, and back to Utah. He also had tours of duty which took him to Alaska and Greenland without his family. It also spanned the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. In July 2013 he was able to go to Washington D.C. with Utah Honor Flight to visit the memorials with other Utah Veterans.
After retiring from the Air Force, having served his country for over 20 years, Joan thought they would be able to settle down in Utah with their six children. That was not to happen. With five teenagers and a new baby Vernon knew he had to continue to work hard. After a short time with Utah Power and Light he started working for Bureau of Indian Affairs, which took them to New Mexico, Idaho, and Arizona. At the end of his second career, Vernon retired and he and Joan moved to St. George, Utah, where he built their home.
Vernon is survived by daughters: Valorie (Mark) Black and Beverly (Patrick) Savage both of St. George, Utah; sons: Douglas (Julie) of Boise, Idaho, Brent (Susan) of Queencreek, Arizona, Milo (Laura) of St. George, Utah, and Roger (Wendy) of Riverdale, Utah; 19 grandchildren; and 14 1/2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his faithful wife, Joan; son-in-law, Mark; and grandson, Trevor.
We grew up knowing Dad could do anything. He owned and raised a horse as a young boy. He owned and rode a motorcycle, he owned and flew a plane, he owned and drove many cars, and he knew how to maintain and repair all of them. He enjoyed camping, fishing, sightseeing and scuba diving. He designed and built his own home as well as many pieces of furniture.
He could fix anything, including broken hearts. He was always supportive, loving and a good example. He held many callings in the LDS Church and he worked hard all his life. He wanted to see the world and was able to do that. His family meant everything to him and we always knew he loved us and was interested in our lives. We will miss you so much Dad and we know you are happy to be with Mom again.
- Funeral services will be held Monday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at the Bloomington LDS 6th Ward Chapel, 3519 Manzanita, St. George.
- A visitation will be held Monday, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services at the Chapel.
- Interment will be in Tonaquint Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit the Metcalf Mortuary website.