David William Hughes

David William Hughes


David William Hughes, born September 1,1945 to William and Alice Hughes of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of four children (Richard, Kenneth and Lois). Upon his graduation from UW-Whitewater in 1967, receiving a Bachelor of Secondary Education he married Barbara (Bobbie) Larson that same year. He continued his education with a Master of Science in Teaching from UW-Eau Claire in 1974.

He was a High School Mathematics teacher for 33 years and a High School Golf coach for 29 years in Menomonie, Wisconsin until his retirement in 2000. After a few years he and Bobbie were determined to spend more time in the sunshine and moved to Mesa, AZ. He entertained many people with his talent of playing guitar and singing in his home, church in Wisconsin and the Chapel Choir where they lived at Sunland Village East. He loved a good round of golf or a tennis match and played both for quite a few years. He served for 4 years on the Home Owner’s Association Board of Director’s and 11 years on the Architectural Committee. He also enjoyed a good challenge of card playing with family and friends. They enjoyed entertaining many neighbors, friends and family from afar over the last 14 years in Arizona. Their hospitality was overwhelmingly gracious and welcoming. So much so that their two daughters Peggy (Anthony) Rasberry, Polly (Brad Andrews) and grandchildren Taylor and Bradi moved to Arizona as well in 2008. As many of you know a home would not be complete without years of raising canine kids (Droopy, Dusty, Daisy and Babe Dylan) and canine grandkids (Crocket, Cocoa, Hershey and Bubba). They celebrated many family functions filled with laughter, tears and many memories.

He was a man of great strength and dignity as he fought many battles with cancer. He was a warrior thru it all. Many will remember him having a kind heart and a gentle soul. He quoted from a movie he had just watched a few weeks ago, “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get”. How blessed we were to have had him in our lives.

David passed away in his home with family at his side on November 8. He was cremated and will be buried in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie, Wisconsin. The family will be having an Open House to honor him on December 8, 2018.

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14 responses to David William Hughes

  1. Rasberry says:

    Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. I am so glad we had the chance to meet Dave while you all were in Green Bay. Take Care of Yourselves. Love, Frank and Laurie

  2. Bobbie and family: Dixie and I send our thoughts to each of you. David was a genuine man and will not be forgotten. The Hughes family has been an important part of ours and for that we will always be grateful. He will be missed.

  3. Peggy and Tony, It was an honor to meet Dave at your house playing cards and having dinner will never forget the time we had. Our heart mourns with you on your loss. What an awesome person. We love you all. Prayers and peace to you and your family. Love,
    Patrick, Ellen, Jennifer, Joseph and James Perry.

  4. We have such wonderful memories of the happy times we spent together, in Menomonie, in Door County, and in Arizona. Dave was the best of the good men, and we will miss him so much. We were blessed to have him in our lives, and the warm memories will be with us always. Love and hugs to you, Bobbie, and to all the family. God bless you.

  5. I am so sorry to read this. My thoughts and prayers to your family. Cancer is such a terrible disease and I am sorry it has touched your family. Bobbie I will be thinking of you.
    Cathy Osburn

  6. Dave was such a special friend It started with our softball together and ended with the wonderful card games in Arizona. His courageous battle with cancer did not prevent him from much laughter and fun as all of the Hughes family were such wonderful and gracious hosts during our trips to Arizona. Thank you all for allowing us to be a part of your lives.

  7. My heart goes out to your family. Dave was one of my favorite teachers. He had a great sense of humor and always had a smile. Many great memories! Treasure the memories!!

  8. Becca Wood says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss!! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!!!

  9. Bobbie, Polly, Brad, Taylor and your entire family:
    Our deepest sympathy. Hold strong together and rejoice in the many joys he brought to your lives. These memories will uphold you in your sorrow.

  10. Our prayers for peace for you and your family. Dave was a wonderful teacher and mentor to many young men who loved golf as he did. He was a true gentleman and we were privileged to have known and worked with him.

  11. Bobbie and family. Dave’s passing was a sudden surprise to Diane and me, and we were so sad to hear of it. We immediately thought of all the wonderful fun we had together over the years…very fond memories for sure. Our deepest condolences go out to all of you. May God bless you and yours as He welcomes Dave Home. Take good care of yourselves and your memories of your times with Dave should always bring a smile to your face.
    Love, Bob and Diane

  12. Jay Sampson says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the Hughes family from a former student. I was not the best Math student, but “Mr. Hughes” was always helpful and understanding. I learned more about life than math in his class, and I thank him for that. Rest in peace and God Bless.

  13. Bobbie and family. We will never forget the wonderful times these past years being with you guys. It goes without saying that Dave was a special person Thank you for letting us share him with you. Thank you for letting us share him with you.

  14. Y Sims says:

    With Deepest Sympathy, at a time like this please accept comfort from God’s Word. He promises when you draw close to him, he will draw close to you~ James 4:8.

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