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Flavian J. Hughes

July 12, 1937 - May 28, 2008

SPRINGFIELD – Flavian Jerry Hughes, 70, of Springfield passed away at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at St John’s Hospice, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

He was born on July 12, 1937, in San Diego, the son of Flavian and Eleanora Hughes. He married Beverly Sherertz in 1978.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Carl and Lucy Sherertz; a sister, Carole Lescher; and two sisters-in-law, Rosalie Adamski and Mary Menu.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly; Jeremy and Justin Bowden, whom he raised from childhood; two sisters, Cathy (husband, Terrell) South of Park City, Utah, and Delores Hughes of Lakeport, Calif.; a brother, Charles (wife, Annette) Hughes of Oceanside, Calif.; three sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Patsy (husband, Tom) Berry of Missouri, Joan (husband, Lary) Goldsmith of Taylorville, Tom (wife, Sylvia) Sherertz and Penny (husband, Sam) Houston, both of Springfield; three stepchildren, Robert (wife, Cathy) and Charles (wife, Georgeann) Adelman, both of Springfield, and Barbara Bowden of Chicago; and several nieces and nephews.

He worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a smoke jumper in San Diego and retired from the California and Illinois Army National Guard with rank as sergeant. He then retired from the Springfield Police Department after 24 years of service as a patrolman in the downtown beat area. He received two Herndon awards during his years in the Springfield Police Department. He was a member of St. Aloysius Church and the Police Benevolent Association.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at Staab Funeral Home with prayers at 5 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at St. Aloysius Church with the Rev. Mark Schulte officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted.

Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Research or to St. John’s Hospice.

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