William Carey Hughes, Sr.

1920 - 2013


William Carey Hughes, Sr., 93, passed away peacefully in the

early morning of April 21, 2013 at the Washington Odd Fellows

Home in Walla Walla, WA.

William was born March 22, 1920 to Philip Joseph and Mary

Josephine Carey Hughes in Walla Walla. He was their only

son and the youngest of three children. As a child, he attended

Berney Grade School and graduated from high school from

St. Vincent’s Academy in 1938. William attended Seattle University

for two years and Walla Walla Business College for two


William and Eleanor Sarah Nelson were married on November

4, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walla Walla. They

made their home and raised their two children on the family

farm northeast of Dixie. Eleanor passed away on May 9, 2002.

William began farming with his uncle, Patrick Joseph Hughes

in 1941. He loved being a farmer and considered it his hobby as

well as his occupation. William was involved in farming wheat,

peas, and barley for 70 years. He also raised cattle for a number

of years.

William will be remembered by family and friends as an

honorable man. His word and a handshake were as good as a

signed contract.

William was a member of the Washington Association of

Wheat Growers, Oregon Washington Pea Growers Association,

Washington Cattlemen’s Association, Walla Walla Elks

Lodge #287, Walla Walla Eagles Aerie #26, and Walla Walla

Knights of Columbus #766, 3rd & 4th Degrees. He was a

founding member of Assumption Catholic Church, served on

the Board of Directors of the Walla Walla Farmers Co-op for

9 years, and was a Fire Commissioner for Walla Walla County

Fire District 8 for 19 years.

William was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two

sisters; Florence Margaret Hughes and Patricia Gladys Mc-

Glothlin. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Ann Bowles

(John) of Walla Walla and his son, William Carey Hughes, Jr. of

Waitsburg. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Viewing and visitation will be held on Monday, April 29,

2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Herring Groseclose Funeral

Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. The Rosary in

William’s memory will be recited on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at

9:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass

will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. following the recitation of the

Rosary. Vault interment will follow the Funeral Mass at Mountain

View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to

Christian Aid Center, Walla Walla Community Hospice or a

charity of donor’s choice through Herring Groselcose Funeral

Home. Family & friends are invited to

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