John A. Hughes

June 17, 2022

John A. Hughes, 87, of West Lafayette, Indiana, died on June 17, 2022 in his home.  He was born on August 30, 1934 in Chebanse, Illinois to Clement and Irene (Nelson) Hughes.  His first marriage was to Patsy McElyea in 1956 in Illinois and they divorced.  He later married Deborah Burton in 2013 in Lafayette and she survives.

John was a 1952 graduate of Central High School in Chebanse, Illinois and served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959.  He was stationed in Germany.  John moved from Kankakee, Illinois to West Lafayette in 1970 to manage the two Dairy Queens.  He also owned and operated “The Boiler Room” in W. Lafayette on Northwestern Ave.  John was a truck driver for Wrede & Sons, Schilli Distribution, Sagamore Transport, and Schilli Specialized.  He retired in July 2019.

Memorial donations may be made in John’s honor to the Delphi Animal Hospital, 1544 US 421 Delphi, IN 46923 or the Crossed Paws Animal Shelter, 41383 Stonehouse Rd., Woodsfield, OH 43793.  

Visitation and Services

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022 with visitation prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort.  Inurnment will take place at a later date in Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette. 

Survived by:

Surviving along with his Wife: Deborah are his Children: David (Amy) Hughes of Lafayette, Carol (John) McNelly of Frankfort, and Dan (Brenda Bailey-Hughes) Hughes of Bloomington; Brother: Robert (Patricia) Hughes of Durham, NC; 4 Grandchildren; 6 Great-Grandchildren; along with 2 Nephews.  

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents.


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9 Condolences for “John A. Hughes”

  1. Kim Rowe June 20, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    So very sorry for the families loss. Thinking of you all. Carol, we love you.
    Bud and Jen
    Mike and Kim
    Gladys Carpenter

    • Carol and John June 21, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you my sweet friend. Love you all. You’ve traveled this road too so I know you understand.

  2. Kathy Lessman June 21, 2022 at 10:08 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    • Carol and John June 26, 2022 at 10:59 am

      Thank you,Kathy. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers

  3. Denise Scofield June 21, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Carol and family, I am so very sorry! Prayers!

    • Carol June 26, 2022 at 11:00 am

      Thank you so much Denise. I’m so grateful for your friendship over two many years.

  4. Jeff Holladay June 24, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    I went to school with his son David. John was a good man. I always liked him. They lived a block over from me growing up. My condolences to the entire family.

  5. Andy Tetzloff June 25, 2022 at 8:39 am

    John, may you rest in the peace of the Lord.

  6. Rick Mitchell June 25, 2022 at 10:00 am

    We’re so sorry to hear of John’s passing.. we’re thinking of you.

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