The Guest Book is expired.
HUGHES ROBERT BRUCE HUGHES, JR. Our beloved Robert Bruce Hughes, Jr. died peacefully on November 4, 2013 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. "Bruce" was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on January 7, 1923, to parents of southern heritage, Robert Bruce and Eleanor Ruth Hughes. They later moved to Ohio, where he grew up in several suburban towns near Cincinnati, where his father worked for Standard Oil. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was an avid member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After three "basic trainings," he was assigned to the 103rd Infantry Division (the Cactus division), HQTS Company, Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon of the 409th Regiment. The division landed in Marseilles in November 1944, and went into combat in the Vosges Mountains of Alsace, under the command of Maj. Gen. Charles Haffner, and later, of Maj. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, as part of "Operation Nordwind." Combat continued for the division into Germany and Austria. War's end came when his division was in Innsbruck, Austria. Bruce's tour of duty continued in Linz and Zell-am-See, Austria. Among the medals he earned, he was proudest of the Combat Infantry Badge. After returning home in March 1946, Bruce attended the National University of Mexico in Mexico City. In the Fall, he enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 1948 with a BA degree. He graduated in 1949 in the second class of the Thunderbird American graduate school of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. In 1950 he entered George Washington University Law School, while working full-time at Laurel Photographers in Virginia. He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Law in 1953. Bruce continued at Laurel Studio for twenty years, before practicing law in Fairfax County for five years. In 1977 he began working as an attorney for the Federal government, at the Office of Personnel Management. He continued at OPM until he was 71 in 1994, retiring to a life of travel and leisure. In 1948, he married the former Faith Ridout. They had three children, Eleanor Faith, Robert Bruce III, and Christopher David. His first marriage ended in divorce. In 1982, he married Mareen del Mar Braddock, with whom he lived in Falls Church for 31 years until his death. Bruce is preceded in death by his two sons and is survived by his wife Mareen, his daughter Eleanor Sergi (Joseph), his stepson Christopher Braddock (Jeanmarie), and two step-grandchildren Elizabeth and Benjamin. Bruce was a man of great honor, warm humor, keen wit, fine intelligence, and endless patience. His family will miss him very much. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at EVERLY COMMUNITY FUNERAL CARE, 6161 Leesburg Pike, Falls, VA.The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at EVERLY COMMUNITY FUNERAL CARE, 6161 Leesburg Pike, Falls, VA.
Everly Community Funeral Care
6161 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22044
Published in The Washington Post from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2013