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  • Visitation:  6-7 p.m.  Tuesday
  • Masonic Service:  7 p.m.  Tuesday
  • Funeral: 1:00 p.m.  Wednesday

Mr. Joseph E. Hughes, Jr., age 86, of Greenville, passed away early Friday morning, Aug. 29, 2008 at Spectrum Health United Memorial-United Hospital, Greenville.

The son of Nettie (Wrenchausen) and Joseph Edgar Hughes, Sr., he was born on Aug. 12, 1922 in Black, Missouri and grew up in Lansing.

Following high school, Joe began working at the General Motors Forge Plant until enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge, he married Marjorie Mae Hay on Nov. 27, 1943, in Lansing.

Together, Joe and Marge enjoyed traveling, as well spending weekends at Turk Lake. After retiring from General Motors with over 33 years of service, they made their home in Greenville. Joe was a member of Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 96, having served as Chaplain, was a past master of Trufant Masonic Lodge No. 456, was a 32 degree member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Grand Rapids where he served as Wardrobe Chairman, and was a member the Saladin Shrine Temple where he served in the Color Guard. In addition, he was a member of the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101, the Disabled American Veterans, the National Rifle Association, and the Flat River Conservation Club. Joe also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, John Hughes, and Warren Hughes. Surviving are his wife of nearly 65 years, Marjorie Hughes of Greenville; a sister, Helen Coil of Mecosta, a brother, Gerald & Sondra Hughes of Charlotte; a sister-in-law, Mary Brooks of Tempe, Arizona; special friends, Lori & Kevin Wiltkowski and Mike & BillieJo Ingraham, all of Greenville; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with burial following privately at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing. The Rev. Jerry Jones, pastor of the First Congregational Church, will officiate and military honors will be rendered by the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101.

Visitation is on Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Masonic memorial ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m. Envelopes for memorial contributions to either the Salvation Army or the Saladin Shrine Childrens Trust will be available.

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  1. Anonymous on August 29, 2008 at 12:00 am


    09/02/2008 –

    Debbie Dines

    Someone is Missing
    Let this be a loving reminder that someone is missing today Someone our hearts still hold on to as we travel along life’s way. Someone who made life so special for all who gather here Someone who won’t be forgotten, but cherished from year to year. And now as we pause to remember, let us all fondly recall how dearly each of us will loved him and of how he loved us all.
    Marge… I am so sorry and deeply regret that I am unable to be there for you. You and Joe have been there for me over the last 30 plus years, just like grandparents. We have had many good times over the years and lots of vacations, visits and dinners together. You both have watch my children grow and you helped me through my time of grief. Please just know I am just a phone call away. I miss and love you… Joe and Ray can now hunt together until we get there.

    09/02/2008 –


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will remember the good days that we shared with you both.

    09/01/2008 –

    Kennetta Lemon

    So sad to hear about Joe. He and Marge were dear friends and neighbors of my parents having purchased their farm house. The times he would walk across the field to check on my mother were as if he were sent from God, and he truely was. Time has separated us, he still will be missed. Blessings to Marge and good health through this time.

    09/01/2008 –

    Mary Brooks

    I really wish that I could be there with you. Lyle and I had many great times together with Joe and Marjorie over the years laughing, playing games, celebrating holidays,traveling together, and sharing family meals. Joe was always kind, generous, and friendly to all. I have many fond memories that I will always cherish of our times spent with him!

    09/01/2008 –

    michael dines

    sorry to hear that

    09/01/2008 –

    James Brooks

    Too many wonderful memories of hunting, fishing, family times and one-on-one conversations to list . . . Uncle Joe was my childhood hero, and I loved him very much. I have been a better, kinder, more successful man because of the qualities he instilled in me. No one could ever have a better uncle. I will miss him always!

    08/30/2008 –

    Terry & Patricia Hodges

    Thank you for the childhood memories of hunting,fishing. You were always a place of sanctuary for me. In loving remembrance, your nephew, Terry.

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