Nick G. Hughes

  • Born: August 7, 1931
  • Died: November 3, 2016
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

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Rock Falls, IL 61071

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Tribute & Message From The Family

STERLING- Nick G. Hughes, 85, of Sterling, died Thursday, November 4, 2016 at CGH Medical Center.

Born August 7, 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa he was a son of John and Irene Hughes.
He married Nancee Hauser on January 22, 1955 in Fort Meyer, VA. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2012.

He served proudly in the US Army and was a pharmacist at the US Pentagon during his military service. He later worked as a sales representative for McKesson-Robbins. Nick was a pharmacist with Eberley Pharmacy in Sterling from 1960 until they closed and later went to work in the pharmacy of Osco Drug later CVS Pharmacy. Nick was a master gardener with the University of Illinois Extension office of Whiteside County. He served as a tax aide for AARP. Nick was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling and served as a lector and usher. He fulfilled his bucketlist wish to ring the church bell at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Surviving are his children, Nik (Phyllis) Hughes of Silver Spring, Md., Kevin (Grace) Hughes of Springfield, Ill., Chris (Nicole) Hughes of Durham, N.C., Bethe (Craig) Dinges of Morrison and Ann (Andrew) DuBois of Polo; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a half-brother and 2 brothers.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be from 4-6 PM Tuesday, November 8 at McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling. A private funeral mass will be held with burial of the cremains at Rock Island National Cemetery. A memorial has been established in his memory. To send condolences visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

My mother, Catherine Nenninger, and Nick were cousins. We referred to Nick as her "telephone buddy" since they spoke regularly. I believe Nick was her last surviving cousin. Mom's sister, Teresa Roling Wisler, still resides in Bettendorf. Mom will miss her cousin and phone buddy. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family.

Posted by Catherine Nenninger - Farmington, MO - Family   December 05, 2016

My family and I send our sympathy to Nick's family. We are related via the Hughes side. My grandfather was Thomas Hughes, and my Mom is Maxine Hughes-Klump. Her brother was Gerard (Jerry) Hughes. I know that Mom and Uncle Jerry always spoke fondly of Nick and Nancee. Sending prayers your way!

Posted by Nancy Lillie - Guilford, IN - Family   November 08, 2016

My mother knew him from St. Mary's and Morningside. Each Sunday morning, Nick would bring bulletins for church members that were unable to attend services at St. Mary's. I often saw him in the hall, and he always smiled and said hello. He will be missed at Morningside and at St. Mary's. Our condolences to his family. Erma Scharfenberg and Chris Knisley

Posted by Chris Knisley - Sterling, IL - Acquaintance   November 08, 2016

I knew both Nick and Nancee. Learned alot from them both. Just wanted to let you, they are missed.

Posted by SUE LINBOOM - Denver, CO - Acquaintance   November 07, 2016


"God's holy angels will lead you home to the wide waiting arms of the Lord"
You will be missed.

Posted by Carolyn Gaziano - Sterling, IL - Acquaintance   November 07, 2016


I love you and miss you Dad!

Posted by Kevin Hughes - Springfield, IL - Son   November 07, 2016

I was a classmate of Nick's in the class of 1949. We have kept in touch by email for years. Talked to him a couple times and we always glad to get updates on other classmates. Whenever I got back to Sterling to see my family, I would go to mass at St. Mary's and was greeted by Nick when he was ushering.

I grew up on Avenue D and the Hughes lived on Avenue C. I spent some time visiting with his Mom. My brother Fred was a good friend of his brother Tom.

I especially want to thank his daughter Ann for notifying me of his death. She found a letter that I had written some time ago with my phone number.

My sympathy to the family and Nick will be remembered in my prayers.

Betty Lendman Segneri Arnold, Class of 1949, Community High School

Posted by Betty Lendman Arnold - Peoria, IL - Classmate   November 06, 2016

Nick was a nice man. I could say more but that sums it up.

Posted by Tony Valentino - Friend   November 05, 2016