Charles Hughes, 1935-2021


Charles Fred Hughes, 85, of La Porte, Ind., passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021, at his home.

He was born Aug. 25, 1935, in Cleveland, Tenn., the son of Joseph and Florence (Whitner) Hughes.

Charles moved to the La Porte area from Tennessee when he was 2 years old. He served in the United States Army and worked for Berkel Corp. as a maintenance engineer until retirement. Charles was a member of VFW Post 1130, La Porte. He loved working in his yard and following his grandson’s baseball games, particularly enjoying high school baseball. When the kids were younger, Charles loved to take them camping in his RV. After retirement he and Margaret enjoyed taking cruises and traveling around visiting casinos.   

On June 22, 1957, he married his beloved Margaret A. Hughes in La Porte.  

In addition to his wife of 63 years, Charles is survived by his daughter, Sue A. (Kurt) Brown of La Porte; brother, Herman (Lila) Hughes of Florida; sister, Juanita (Bill) Glenn of Kingsford Heights, Ind.; sister-in-law, Clara Hughes of Union Mills, Ind.; grandchild, Garrett (Jodi) Uhlemann; and great-grandchild, Austin Uhlemann. 

Charles was preceded in death by his son, Charles Michael Hughes; brothers, J.C. and Frankie Hughes; and sisters, Louise Wheaton, Mary Sue Chapman and Virginia Lane.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, La Porte, on Monday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A celebration of Charles’ life will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Monday with Pastor Jim Mandeville officiating. The family has selected cremation. Anyone attending these events will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Dr., Indianapolis, Ind. 46202.

Messages of condolence may be posted below.

2 Responses to “Charles Hughes, 1935-2021”

  1. Linda wade

    Apr 05. 2021

    I worked with Charlie for years at Berkel. Charlie was always so nice to talk with. My thoughts and prayers are with you Margaret and Sue.

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  2. Bruce A Heise

    Apr 06. 2021

    To Margaret and Sue, So sorry to hear this. Such memories back in the VFW days growing up.

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