Meadville Tribune

May 11, 2013

Wayne E. Hughes

Meadville Tribune

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Wayne E. Hughes, 85, of Cambridge Springs, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at his residence.

He was born April 2, 1928, in Fallscreek, son of the late Victor W. Hughes and Ruby Wingrove Szymanek Hughes.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1952. After discharge he graduated from Gannon University in 1956 with a degree in physics. He began a career with Westinghouse for several years, then on to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as an aerospace engineer, retiring after 28 years.

Following his retirement from NASA, he founded and operated The Lilac Farm in Cambridge Springs for more than 20 years with his wife, Millie, when, at that time, they also became the “weather watchers” for WJET.

Wayne was preceded in death by the love of his life, Mildred “Millie” L. Blakeslee Shearer Hughes, on April 17, 2013; a stepdaughter, Diania McLaughlin (Bob); stepgrandson, Robbie McLaughlin; and three stepsons-in-law, Bob McLaughlin, Cary Loomis and Bruce Palmer.

He is survived by a sister, Jackie Eisert of Erie; daughters, Kathy Riel (Ron) of Erie, Debbie Backus (Rick) of Rio, W.Va., and Cheryl Sickle of Maryland; stepdaughters and sons, Carol Loomis of Palm Harbor, Fla., Rosemary Palmer of New Port Richie, Fla., Donald Shearer (Laurie) of Cambridge Springs and Paul Shearer (Louise) of Waterford; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; 14 stepgrandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and brothers and sisters-in-law.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family at Burton Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc., 602 W. 10th St., Erie. A remembrance of Wayne and Millie will be held at the “Lilac Farm” this summer at a time to be announced.

Wayne and Millie’s families wish to thank Jackie, Kim, Jenna, Jenny, Marie, Angela, Kara and Pat, the caregivers who tended both of them lovingly during their illnesses, and Hospice of Crawford County.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Crawford County Inc., 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335.

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