Name: Erskine Dale Hughes
Birth: 2 MAY 1931 in Beech Fork Rd, Cabell Co, WV 1
Death: 14 DEC 2008 in Topeka, Ks.
Burial: 19 DEC 2008 Silver Lake Cemetery, Silver Lake, KS
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- Occupation: Director of Learning Resources, Pratt College
- _MILI: U.S. Army Signal Corps 1952-1954 1
Served U.S. Army Signal Corps 1952-1954.
Retired from Pratt, Ks Community College in 1996 as Library Media Spec.
Obit Notice from the Topeka Courier:
Erskine Dale Hughes, 77, of Silver Lake, passed away Saturday, December
13, 2008. He was born on May 2, 1931 in Huntington, West Virginia, the eldest
child of Reginald Odell and Zeria Angeline (Morrison) Hughes. He attended
Hite Elementary and Barboursville Junior High School near Huntington, WV.
At age 19 he was drafted into the Korean Conflict and was shipped to Austria
with the Army 63rd Signal Corp. (Austria was considered the back door to Korea).
After returning home in 1954, he used the G.I. Bill of Rights to attend Gods Bible
School in Cincinnati, OH where he finished his high school studies in 1956.
On June 16, 1957 in Kewanee, IL he married Almina June Lussenhop.
Together they graduated with college degrees from Gods Bible School in
May of 1960. In the fall of 1960, he accepted a teaching job at Kirksville Bible
School, Kirksville, MO, and was superintendent during the years 1960-1965.
While in Kirksville, he not only received a B.S. in Education, but also a Masters
in Education from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. During the
summer of 1965, he and Almina moved to Overland Park, KS where their son,
Robert Kline Hughes was born on October 17, 1965. While in Overland Park,
he taught Social Studies for 8 years at Kansas City College and Bible School.
Between 1972 and 1973, he and Almina earned their Masters Degrees in
Library Science at the Emporia State Teachers College.
Upon graduation he became the Library Director at Pratt Community College
where he remained for 24 years prior to retirement. During his career he and
his family resided in Preston, KS where they built themselves a new home.
In 1999, he and Almina moved to Silver Lake, KS. Erskine leaves to mourn
his wife of 51 years, Almina; his son, Robert, wife Debra (Brown); granddaughter,
Laura Beth and grandson, David Alan. He was preceded in death by his
parents and three brothers, Wyatt, Vernon, and Carlos. He is survived by
brothers, Donald (Carol) of Overland Park, KS, Forest (Gloria) of Waverly,
WV, Steve (Jean) of Culloden, WV and sisters, Mary Faulkner (Wendell)
of Culloden, WV and Marie Dunlap (Tom) of Portsmouth, VA and sisters
of Almina's, Illene Bender of Plainfield, IN, Donna Motley of Junction City,
KS, and Mary St. John of Manhattan, KS; plus many nieces, nephews
and loyal friends. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 19,
2008 at the Fairlawn Heights Wesleyan Church, 5400 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka,
KS 66604. Interment with military honors conduct by Ft. Riley Funeral Detail,
will be at Silver Lake Cemetery, Silver Lake, KS. Mr. Hughes will lie in
state after 3 p.m., Thursday at the Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 1321
SW 10th, Topeka, where the family will receive friends from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice, 200 SW
Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606 or to Fairlawn Heights Wesleyan Church.
Father: Reginald Odell Hughes b: 17 APR 1905 in Cafeerton, W. Va
Mother: Zerie Angeline Morrison b: 24 JAN 1908 in Grant Dist. of Cabell Co, WV
- Note: Living Parent(s) - Details withheld
- Abbrev: Hughes, Erskine