Ted Orlan Hughes, 73, a life-long resident of Hawthorne, Nevada passed from earth life on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nevada.
Ted was born January 30, 1940 to Alvin F. and LaVerda (Lowe) Hughes and spent his entire life in Hawthorne. He attended all his formal education in Mineral County schools and graduated from Mineral County High School in 1958.
During his high school years, Ted was active with the High School Rodeo sport specializing in bare-back bronc riding and competed in many high school rodeos. To help keep him tuned up, he could be seen riding the steers on the family farm in Schurz and sometime other animals in the Hawthorne rodeo arena.
On December 26, 1958 Ted and his long time sweetheart, Marian Samuelson were married at the family home in Hawthorne and on July 18, 1961 they were sealed for time and eternity in the LDS Temple at Idaho Falls, Idaho. To make the family complete, a daughter: Kelli and a son: Eric were born, both attending local schools with Kelli graduating from MCHS and Eric from Hug High School in Reno where he received baseball scholarships.
Being a strong family man, Ted was very active with his son Eric, helping with the Hawthorne Little League holding positions as a manager and coach for several teams. He was also a coach for the All Star Team and Babe Ruth teams where they played in many major championships in Nevada and California.
Farming became one of Ted’s professional jobs becoming proficient in growing and harvesting alfalfa on fields he leased in Schurz and on the family farm. In addition to farming Ted became well trained and educated in treating and caring for farm animals where he worked along with his father.
In 1953 Ted started working for the Mineral County Independent-News as a printer’s devil working his way up to a journeyman printer and owner. For the past 40 years he was the chief printer in the job shop and master in the bindery shop and also assisted in preparing and publication of the newspaper. During his employment in the printing trade he performed duties from hot medal typesetting up through the most modern computer publications techniques.
In 1986, Ted and his brothers, Frank and Tony who have also worked at the Independent-News since 1948 and 1951, became partners with Jack and Pauline McCloskey, owners of the printing business and in 1994 the three Hughes brothers purchased the McCloskey’s shares and became sole owners of the business.
At the 2006 Nevada Press Association Convention held in Las Vegas, the Hughes brothers, Frank, Tony and Ted were inducted into the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame. The award stated that the brothers are as much an institution as the newspaper, and they carry on the last of a rare breed – the family owned newspaper. Additional honors were presented to the brothers when they received National Recognition in the US Senate for their accomplishments.
With over 60 years each in the printing trade, Ted along with his brothers decided to retire and they did so in 2011.
Ted was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many ward and stake positions. In the ward he served as a bishop of the Hawthorne Ward; ward mission leader; ward music director and at the time of his death he was the Hawthorne High Priests Group Leader. Stake positions he held were: stake missionary; a counselor in the stake mission presidency and three times on the stake high council.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and LaVerda Hughes and one brother, Danny. Ted is survived by his wife, Marian for 55 years of Hawthorne; one daughter, Kelli (Kent) Randall of Carson City and one son, Eric (Nicole) Hughes of Menlo Park, Calif. Grandchildren Chris (Felice) Randall of Virginia Beach, Va and Tatiana (Jimmy) Carman of Carson City; Carter and Taylor Hughes of Menlo Park, Calif. Great-grandchildren Kylee; William; Destiny and Trinity and numerous nieces and nephews. Also brothers: Max (Betty) Hughes; Frank Hughes; Tony (Sharon) Hughes all of Hawthorne and Richard (Twila) Hughes of Carson City and sister, Bonnie Hughes of Schurz.
Ted’s hobbies were: rock collecting; four-wheel driving; hunting; fishing; camping and welding.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 6, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel in Hawthorne. Burial will follow in the Hawthorne Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Gunter’s Funeral Home in Hawthorne.