MONTE-ZUMA — Ronny “Jake” Hughes, 73, of Montezuma and formerly of Oskaloosa and Gibson, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Montezuma Rehab. and Care Center in Montezuma.
Ronny Gene Hughes, son of John Marion and Edna Vauline (Malin) Hughes, was born Aug. 9, 1940, in Oskaloosa. He attended Oskaloosa High School and then began working for Jerry Smith’s Motorcycle Shop as a mechanic, a job he would continue throughout his working life. He later was employed by Paul Van Zee at Van Zee Motors and then owned and operated his own repair shop in What Cheer, Hughes Repair. Jake retired in 1994, he was residing at Gibson at that time. In 2002, he moved to Oskaloosa; and in 2009, his health require a move to the Montezuma Nursing and Rehab. Center. Jake enjoyed working with his hands and all things mechanical, he built race cars and model air planes and also enjoyed woodworking. Racing was a family activity for the Hughes and Jake was the “go-to” person for all questions about racing and race cars.
Jan. 25, 1958, he was united in marriage to Donna Lee Knowler in Oskaloosa. They were the parents of seven children. Donna passed away Feb. 4, 2014. Jake’s family is grateful to all the residents and staff of Montezuma Nursing and Rehab. and to Iowa Hospice for the family-like and loving care given to Jake the years he was a resident at their facility.
Those left to cherish his memory are his children: Dean (Debbie) Hughes, of Rose Hill, Ronny Hughes, of Beacon, Jerry (Sandy) Hughes, of Oskaloosa, Jay (Jamie) Hughes, of Knoxville, Rhonda Thomas, of Oskaloosa, and Doreen (Tom Hudson) Hughes, of Thornburg; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Nancy Randall, of Oskaloosa, Becky Van Essen, of Beacon, Diane (Pat) Dea, of Atlantic, Sally (Rob) Dannels, of Rose Hill, Doug (Esther) Hughes, of Hoisington, Kan., and Jim (Joan) Hughes, of Beacon.