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RODNEY H. HUGHES, 80, died at 6:35 p.m. Nov. 19, 2005, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 2, 1925, in Harrod, to Lloyd P and Vera Ruth Franks Hughes. On June 8, 1978, he married Mabel E. "Dee" Taylor, who survives.

Mr. Hughes was a community leader, serving the city of Bellefontaine as mayor from 1962 through 1967. He was later elected to the Ohio House of Representatives where he served 12 terms until his retirement in 1990. He owned Rod's Barbershop in Bellefontaine for many years. He was a World War II combat staff sergeant in the 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, a recipient of the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star and a life member of the Purple Heart Association. He was a member of the 90th Division Association, the Indian Lake Community Church, the Logan County Republican Party, several area chambers of commerce, and was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Bellefontaine Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. He was a member of the Harold Kerr American Legion Post 173 and served as past commander as well as the Legion's second-district commander. He was a member of the Bellefontaine Elks Lodge 132 and held several positions, including exalted ruler. He was a member of Frank D. Castle VFW Post 1080, Bellefontaine, the Antioch Shrine and Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton. He served on the board as a member and chairman of the Mid-American National Bank.

Survivors also include two daughters, Teri (John) Elliot of Zanesfield, and Jean (Jeff) Pieper of Ostrander; a son, Rodney H. (Kathleen) Hughes II, of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Lisa (Steve) Cook of Mico, Texas, Amy and Emy Kosmatka of Columbus, and Brian Hughes of Indianapolis; two great-granddaughters, Kristy Cook and Nicole Rubio, both of San Antonio; two great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ralph Hughes of Huntsville and Daniel Hughes of Kenton.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rickard D. Hughes; and a brother, Richard Hughes.

Servicewill begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Indian Lake Community Church, Russells Point. Pastors John B. Ellington Jr., and Tom Moebs will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery, New Hampshire, Ohio, where military rites will be performed.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Van Horn Funeral Home, Lakeview, and one hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Logan County Cancer Society, Logan County Heart Association or Tricare Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.vanhornfuneralhome.com.

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