David Hughes

David Hughes

December 5, 1946 March 12, 2020

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Obituary for David Byron Hughes

David Byron Hughes, age 73, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away at his residence on March 12, 2020.

David was born on December 5, 1946 to parents Dr. Byron and Frances (Sexton) Hughes. He was raised in Ann Arbor with his five siblings: Sandra, Scott, Pamela, Duncan, and Margot. David graduated from Ann Arbor High School and began studies at Central Michigan University. He spent two years working towards a degree, however, was taken away from his studies to enlist in the United States Navy. David spent four years with the Navy during the Vietnam War. After returning home, he resumed his academic studies at Eastern Michigan University where he later graduated with a bachelor’s degree. After college, David began working in the technology field. His work led him all over the world which gave him the opportunity to explore other countries and cultures.

In 1984 he married Elizabeth Collins and immediately became a loving father figure to her four children: Julie, Maribeth, William, and Frank. They spent 20 wonderful years together until her passing in 2004.

As fate would have it, David rekindled a relationship with his CMU college sweetheart, Joyce Lemmer. The two connected as if no time had passed and enjoyed many years together, finally asking her to be his wife in 2020.

David was passionate about life and enjoyed every moment of each day. He loved to travel the two-lane highway after getting a McDonald's Coca-Cola in his cup holder and camping. David also had an artistic mind and loved spending time drawing, painting, and writing poems. He was loved by all who knew him and always had a positive outlook on life.

He was preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Dr. Byron and Polly Hughes; his mother, Frances Hughes; his wife, Elizabeth Hughes; and his sister, Sandra Gordon.

David is survived by his siblings, Scott Hughes, Pamela Hamblin, Duncan Hughes, and Margot (Jay) McDonald; his children, Julie (Lou Koenig) Collins, Maribeth (Tommy Baker) Reed, William (Beth) Collins, and Frank Collins; his grandchildren, Daniel and Jessica Burke, Lauren (Asa Jay), Patrick (Caroline) Collins, and Bill Collins; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Emma; and his fiancé, Joyce Lemmer; her children, Michelle (Martin) Drumb and Nicole (Kevin) Yoder; and her grandchildren, Grace, Lillie, and Molly. And lastly, his dear friend, Luca Boy.

Private cremation service will take place. An interment will take place at a later day at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

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    Great Lakes National Cemetery
    4200 Belford Road
    Holly, Michigan
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Bill and Maureen Burke

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hughes and Collins family's. Our deepest sympathy to all who are grieving his loss.
Bill and Maureen Burke
Comment | Posted at 09:27am via Condolence

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Paula Peterson

I am so sorry to hear of this sad news. I hope that having your family close and the special memories you two made are of comfort to you at this difficult time.
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Ronald Bindle

We were lucky enough to reconnect with David through Joyce. He brought her so much joy and it made all of our CMU group so much happiness to see them together again. We saw them as a couple several times and had a great time getting to know him again and sharing memories. We will all miss him and the joy he brought back into our lives.
Ron and Barb Bindle
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