Walter Gerald Hughes, 87, of Taylorville passed away at 7:54p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center.  He was born on May 13, 1931 in Edinburg, the son of John E. and Leah Fern (Rhodes) Hughes.  Mr. Hughes retired from the Hughes Insurance Agency and previously worked at Caterpillar. He was a former member of Davis Memorial Christian Church.  He was a 50 year member of Mound Lodge #122 A.F. & A.M., and was also a member of the Ansar Shrine and Consistory, White Shrine, and Arcana Chapter #493 O.E.S.  He was a life member of Moose Lodge #2210 in Taylorville where he has been very active including serving as Governor and was also a member of the Eagles.  He was a veteran of the Navy and in his free time enjoyed fishing, camping, cooking, gardening, and garage sales.

He is survived by his son: Gary Allan Hughes of Springfield; daughter: Beth Grubaugh of Taylorville; grandchildren: Heather Taylor (Dustin) of Clay City, Brittany Grubaugh, and Nicholas Grubaugh both of Taylorville, and great grandson Mason Taylor Clay City; brothers: Ronald Hughes of Taylorville, Edward Hughes (Doris Ann) of Taylorville, and Marvin Hughes (Judy) of Mt. Zion; 5 nieces, 5 nephews, and several great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, former wife: Dolores Hughes-Baker and sister-in-law: Patricia Hughes.

Funeral services for Mr. Hughes will be held at 2p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Tiney Walker officiating.  A Masonic Service will take place at the start of the funeral.  Visitation will be from 1 until 2pm on Tuesday.  Burial with military honors will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.  Memories of Walter, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at

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