Traverse City Record-Eagle

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December 12, 2012

Leonard F. Hughes

ASHLAND, Wis.-- Leonard F. Hughes, 76, of Ironwood Township, Mich., died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center, after a lengthy battle with kidney and Alzheimer's disease.

He was born Jan. 3, 1936, in Traverse City, son of the late Russell and Violet (Sutter) Hughes, and graduated from Traverse City High School in 1956. He attended Northwestern Michigan Junior College, then served stateside in the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge on Aug. 4, 1962.

Leonard married the former Hartha K. Arnold on May 28, 1960, in Traverse City. They came to Ironwood Township in 1973, where they owned and operated the Ironwood Mobile Home Park until their retirement.

Leonard played tennis while in college, and pitched softball in church leagues in Traverse City. He enjoyed archery, deer hunting, and his MGA roadsters. He attended the Assembly of God Church on Cloverland Drive in Ironwood.

Surviving are his wife, Hartha, of 52 years; a son, Craig (Amy), Hancock, Mich.; daughter, Cherie Roderick, Parker, Colo.; two grandchildren, Katy and Kristy Roderick, both of Parker; two sisters, Paulina (Emery) Savage, Williamsburg, Mich., and Shirley Lewis, Traverse City; and five nephews, Mike Savage, Mark Savage, Brian Savage, Devin Lewis and Tad Lewis, all of Traverse City.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, at 9:30 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m., at the Assembly of God Church, 2100 E. Cloverland Drive, in Ironwood, with the Rev. Mark Ortman, pastor, officiating.

Committal will take place at the church, where full military honors will be accorded by the Ironwood American Legion Post 5 Honor Guard.

Luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall.

Private interment will be in Sunset Acres Cemetery, Ironwood Township, in the spring.

Condolences may be given to Leonard's family online at

Arrangements are entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.

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