Hughes, Edward J. PITTSFIELD — Retired Col. Edward J. Hughes, 75, of Sun City West, Ariz., a native of Pittsfield, died April 16 at Hospice of Arizona in Peoria. Born on March 31, 1931, son of Edward L. and Francis Carey Hughes, he was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School and a 1954 graduate of the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. He served in the Air Force as a fighter pilot, a base commander and a wing commander. He served twice in Vietnam and was the air attaché who oversaw the evacuation of Saigon in its final days. He retired with 26 years of service. After military retirement, Mr. Hughes worked at Hughes Aircraft and pursued a master’s degree in business from the University of Arizona. He enjoyed playing golf, traveling and watching sports. He and his wife, the former Jone Koran, were married 50 years. Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Kevin Hughes of Sun City West and Mark Hughes of Tucson, Ariz.; two daughters, Lisa Smith and Paula Holcomb, both of Fort Worth, Texas, and eight grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE — A full honors funeral for retired Col. Edward J. Hughes will be held at Arlington Memorial Cemetery in Washington, D.C., on July 21, 2006. He also leaves a cousin, Rose Mary Cronin Dellea of Pittsfield, and her husband, James, and her sister, Kathryn A. Rehardof Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Dolly Hughes of Tucson, and two sons-in-law, Bland Smith and James Holcomb, both of Fort Worth, Texas.
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