ROCK FALLS – Terry D. Hughes, 64, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He fought a courageous battle with a rare autoimmune disease for 5 years. He had a stem cell transplant in April.
He was born Aug. 2, 1949, in Lancaster, Wis., the son of William and Blodwyn (Roberts) Hughes. He was a graduate of Lena High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. He worked as a corrections counselor at Dixon Correctional Center for 23 years, retiring in 2008.
Terry was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling, and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. He was a singer and guitar player in the Hughes Brothers and Steel River bands for many years. Terry loved coaching his children’s sports teams. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan, and enjoyed ’50s, ’60s, and country music. He married Janell Henry on April 12, 1980, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon.
Survivors include his wife of Rock Falls; three children, Erin (Bill) Buchholz of Rock Falls, Bill Hughes of Boulder, Colo., and Mary (Kevin) Krell of Dixon; two grandchildren, Camden and Anniston; two brothers, Bob (Suzette) Hughes of Janesville, Wis., and Steve (Sam) Hughes of Lena; two sisters, Diana Williams of Plano, Texas, and Kris (Lyle) Mokros of Platteville; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Pam Blomquist.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., with a Scripture service at 7:30 p.m., today at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. A fellowship meal will follow the Mass. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.
A memorial has been established.
Visit www.thejonesfh.com to send condolences.