A. Hugh Trask (1925 - 2018)

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A. Hugh Trask, 93, of Glenwood, entered heaven on June 23, 2018, at Fox Run Assisted Living in Council Bluffs. He was born May 22, 1925, in Independence, to Archibald Hugh and Alice Marie Trask.
Hugh was raised in Black River Falls, Wis. His dad and his uncle, Judd, ran Trask Farms, a large turkey operation. Hugh grew up helping at the turkey farm learning business skills from his dad and hands-on skills from his uncle - skills that he would use throughout his life. He loved the outdoors and was proud to have attained the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts, the rank of Eagle Scout.
After high school, Hugh enlisted in the United States Navy. Hugh proudly served his country during WWII and was honorably discharged after the war. While serving his country, he was stationed at Bremerton, Wash., where he met "a humdinger of a gal", Dorothy "Dotty" Samuelson at a U.S.O. dance.
The couple were united in marriage on June 14, 1947, in Tacoma, Wash. After they married, they moved to Iowa City where Hugh received his degree in geology from the University of Iowa. After graduation, he accepted a job with a geological firm in Texas that looked for oil. It's in Texas where their daughter, Diane Louise, was born. The search for oil then took them to New Mexico where their son, Jeffrey Hugh, was born. With two small children, the young parents decided to return home to Black River Falls to be closer to family.
In the fall of 1959, the family moved to Glenwood. It was during this time that Hugh and Dotty opened the Coast to Coast Hardware store on the town square. Hugh and Dotty were familiar and friendly faces to the Glenwood community for 28 years as they ran the hardware store. In 1987, Hugh and Dotty retired and enjoyed life to the fullest by spending time in their garden, playing golf, birdwatching, volunteering and traveling the country with their many friends.
After nearly 61 years of marriage, Dotty passed away on May 22, 2008. In 2010, Hugh met Sophie Roberts while dancing at an American Legion. Hugh and Sophie were married on June 30, 2011. As a couple, they enjoyed traveling, dancing and spending time together.
He is survived by wife, Sophie Roberts-Trask of Council Bluffs; daughter, Diane Johnson of Fort Collins, Colo.; son, Jeff Trask and wife Dixie Trask of Tabor; Sophie's children, Michele Stephens and husband David Stephens of Franklin, Tenn.; Paula Roberts Cogut of Anna, Texas; Stuart Roberts and wife Natalie Roberts of Omaha; Raymond Roberts and wife Cheryl Roberts of Tucson, Ariz.; Tim Roberts and wife Teresa Roberts of Shenandoah; granddaughters, Jennifer Johnson and husband Chris Leck of Fort Collins, Colo.; Amberly Schechinger and husband Paul Schechinger of Council Bluffs; Melissa Loghry and husband Kenny Loghry of Glenwood; Michelle Thompson and husband Sean Thompson of Des Moines; seven great-grandchildren and many friends.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church in Glenwood. Visitation is prior to the service at 9:30 a.m.
Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, Glenwood, Bloom Senior Center or American Legion, Glenwood.
Peterson Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.
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Published in The Opinion-Tribune on June 27, 2018
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