James “Ron” Ronald Hughes

June 30, 1938 - March 13, 2024
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James Ronald Hughes, “Ron”, age 85, of Lake Station, IN, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. Ron is survived by his daughters: Lara (Scot) Richards, Michelle Abila; grandchildren: Dalton Richards, Lesley (Adam) Erpelding, Natalie (Zac Tharp) Abila, Ashley (Adrian Eloisa) Abila, Reese (Ken Coburn) Abila, Allison (Ernesto Fragoso) Abila; and 3 great-grandchildren: Nathaniel Richards,Continue Reading

Claude Trump left a message on March 25, 2024:
My condolences to his family! He was one of the best teachers I ever had!
Paquin Rodriguez left a message on March 22, 2024:
My deepest condolences to the Hughes & River Forest Families. Hoping all find comfort in his great memories! Those of us that attended RFHS are blessed to have had the lessons taught by Mr. Hughes! He was one of my favorite teachers. (Class of '76) He always had a sense of humor! May our loving God grant his loving, caring soul eternal peace!
Michelle Hughes Abila left a message on March 19, 2024:
The Hughes Family would like to thank everyone for the heartfelt condolences, the amazing tributes and extraordinary kindness you have given to us in memory of our Dad and Grandpa. He was truly a remarkable man, he changed the lives of many, inspired countless others and he was fiercely devoted to the family he so loved. From the bottom of our hearts Thank You!
Linda Panagiotidis left a message on March 18, 2024:
Sorry for the loss of your father, Lara. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. The Oak Tree: by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr A mighty wind blew night and day. It stole the Oak Tree’s leaves away. Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark until the Oak was tired and stark. But still the Oak Tree held its ground while other trees fell all around. The weary wind gave up and spoke, How can you still be standing Oak?” The Oak Tree said, I know that you can break each branch of mine in two, carry every leaf away, shake my limbs and make me sway. But I have roots stretched in the earth, growing stronger since my birth. You’ll never touch them, for you see they are the deepest part of me. Until today, I wasn’t sure of just how much I could endure. But now I’ve found with thanks to you, I’m stronger than I ever knew.
Melissa and Brian Frye left a message on March 17, 2024:
Our deepest condolences to the Hughes and River Forest family. Mr. Hughes taught us lessons far beyond the textbook that left us mystified with humor and pride years after leaving his classroom. You hear the stories of how our childhood was better due to drinking from the garden hose, riding bikes without helmets, etc., those of us that attended RFHS are blessed to have had the lessons taught by Mr. Hughes. Ours was to challenge yourself to be better than average. Rest in peace Mr. Hughes and be assured that you were loved by those you taught in and outside of the classroom.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Kimberly K Williams left a message on March 17, 2024:
Mr. Hughes was my favorite teacher of all time! This man was a class act! Rest in peace Sir!
Sheila Westbrook left a message on March 17, 2024:
During one of the most difficult times of my life, he was a constant source of support and friendship. I will forever be in his debt for the strength he gave me when I was away from home in the Philippines for three years. He as a great teacher and inspired me to join be one. He will be missed.
Teresa left a message on March 16, 2024:
Lara, Michelle and family, so sorry for your loss. Teresa Snodgrass
Kurt Remus left a message on March 16, 2024:
My Mr. Hughes story. We've all got one, and this one is mine... It was my senior year; last class of the year, last class of the day, and the last final exam I'd ever take. After studying hard the night before, I entered Mr. Hughes' class with an air of cockiness. I was more prepared for that exam than I was any other exam I had taken that day. I forget the exact subject of that fateful essay, but I finished it with about 15 minutes to spare. After handing it in to Mr. Hughes, I triumphantly, and in a rather grandiose and over the top fashion, tore up all of my notes, broke my pencil in two, threw everything away in the trash, and then casually sauntered back to my seat. I just knew I aced that exam. No sooner had I sat down than I heard, "Ummm, Mr. Remus, this essay has nothing to do with the subject I assigned." He then proceeded to tear it up in front of the entire class and said, "You've got ten minutes to write another one, or you'll fail the class." I sprung up from my seat in a panic, looked towards the ubiquitous green garbage can where my notes and pencil now laid in ruins, and felt any chance of passing his class slip away. Distressed and in shock, I started looking wildly around the room at my classmates. Luckily, the fear in my eyes registered with some of them and they willingly handed me their notes, pencils, and blank paper giving me a glimmer of hope. I sat back down and started reading their notes. They may as well have been written in hieroglyphics because, in my state of dread, nothing was making any sense. So, I just started writing. I wrote and wrote and wrote until the final bell rang. The last bell of my high school career. It rang ten times louder than I've ever heard it ring before. And then I heard, "Time's up, Mr. Remus." The more I replay those chilling words in my mind, the more I swear I detect a tinge of schadenfreude in them. I had nothing, and Mr. Hughes knew it. Cockiness now sapped from my body, and with imminent failure knocking at my door, I shuffled up to his desk a defeated man to hand in my exam… again. My new essay was so laden with errors and inanity that it resembled a 6th grader's book report after forgetting to read the book. It was bound to be ridiculed even more than the first, if that were somehow possible. I laid the essay down in front of him and, without even reading it, he scribbled a "B-" across the top. Super perplexed, albeit super, super relieved, I exclaimed, "YOU DIDN'T EVEN READ IT!" He then picked up his head from his paperwork, looked me dead in the eye, and with a wry smile said, "I didn't read the first one, either." My confusion was, to say the least, palpable. I just stood there for a few seconds in complete silence, until the silence was utterly shattered by the maniacal, nay sinister, laughter of one Mr. James Ronald Hughes. With zero time left on the clock, he pranked me one more time, and ultimately won the war of pranks. And that's my Mr. Hughes story. It happened some 32 years ago, and yet I remember it like it was yesterday. Mr. Hughes, your legacy is definitely intact. You'll live forever in my memories, the memories of the thousands of students whose lives you've impacted, and the memories of the myriad of people I share this great story with. Godspeed, old friend.
Larry Biggs left a message on March 16, 2024:
RIP Mr. Hughes (RF Government teacher)
Natalie Mrs.Noodle left a message on March 16, 2024:
Long Live Mr James Potter!! Forever a Legend, the Keeper of Queens.
Mary Snellgrove left a message on March 16, 2024:
Greatest history teacher ever
Brian “8 Ball” Wilson left a message on March 16, 2024:
Rest easy, Mr. Hughes! Thank you for being a great teacher and preparing all of us for life.
Pamela (Moore) Christenson left a message on March 16, 2024:
Uncle Ron was loved by so many and will be greatly missed. He was a dear, and delightful Uncle who always had a great story, insight, ideas and colorful language to share his thoughts. He shared his love for reading and travel and for that I will be forever grateful. He wanted me to grow up knowing there was much to explore outside my hometown and be a broad, open thinker. My deepest condolences to friends and family, but particularly to all his girls (and there are ALOT of us) who have loved him and will continue to cherish his memory.
Dawn DuBois left a message on March 16, 2024:
Rest in peace Mr. Hughes. You were a great teacher and will be greatly missed. We all learned a lot from you.
Jerry Bacon left a message on March 16, 2024:
Mr Hughes was a fantastic history and government teacher. He was the only history teacher that I got all A's with. Probably the only A's I got in any class. Lol Mr Hughes showed what a difference A good teacher could make in a student. Rest in peace Mr Hughes, and thank you for giving me your best. I'm proud to say that I gave you my best sir. You deserved it.
David left a message on March 15, 2024:
He was good teacher class of 2000 will be miss
Sean and Katie Ramey left a message on March 15, 2024:
Mr. Hughes was our favorite teacher, and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. We send love and prayers to his family for healing and comfort during this difficult time.
Karen Bottom Schwerbrock left a message on March 15, 2024:
So sorry for your loss. My 4 siblings and I had him at River Forest and he was an amazing and dedicated teacher. Class was never boring and he pushed you to your potential m I am so happy he enjoyed his retirement and I hope you find comfort in his memories. He touched so many lives and you should all be proud. With gratitude, Karen Bottom Schwerbrock and siblings
Kimberley Bermingham left a message on March 15, 2024:
Rest In Peace, Mr. Hughes.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Louveta McBride Moore left a message on March 15, 2024:
Mr Hughes was my teacher in high school.....such a joy, made class fun....he was admired! LOUVETA...CLASS of '69 RFHS
Alicia Adams left a message on March 15, 2024:
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Hughes. My husband, Jody Adams, and I are former students of his and have such great memories of him. He truly is one of a kind. Alicia and Jody Adams
Cheryl Gordon, Class of "71 left a message on March 15, 2024:
Mr. Hughes was a caring and admired teacher. He always had a sense of humor and never lost his temper. I shall always remember him fondly. My deepest condolences to his family for your great loss.
Gabrielle Flaherty (Hess) left a message on March 15, 2024:
My deepest condolences to his Family and Friends. I adored and feared (lovingly) Mr. Highes.
Cindy hughes left a message on March 15, 2024:
Uncle Ron will be surely missed!
Deborah Hughes left a message on March 15, 2024:
I am so sorry about your loss
David & Linda Guzman left a message on March 15, 2024:
We will always remember his humor and his kindness. Prayers for his family for their enormous loss❤️
Yolanda Love left a message on March 15, 2024:
With love and deepest condolences
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Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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