Lewis Hughes

BELLE CENTER – Lewis E. Hughes, 87, of Belle Center passed away Tuesday morning, September 23, 2014 at his home. He was born in Logan County on August 31, 1927 to the late Abraham Fulton and Velzetta Blanche (Fillinger) Hughes. Louie was also preceded in death by a son, Lewis "Skip" Hughes who was killed in Viet Nam in 1970, wife Judy K. (McElroy) Hughes and his brother Duane Hughes.

Louie was a 1945 graduate of Belle Center High School. Following graduation, he joined the US Navy and served during World War II. He returned to Logan County and went to work for J.E. Turner CPA in 1947 through the Veteran's On The Job Training program. In 1954, he went out on his own and opened an accounting firm in Belle Center where he worked until 1995 when he semi-retired and sold the business to Robert Pollock, CPA. Louie served 40 years as Richland Township clerk and was also the Superintendent of Belle Center Income Tax and clerk for the BMRT Ambulance District.

Louie coached Pony League and Junior Legion baseball for 16 years. He also raised and raced Standardbred race horses for 25 years and was active in the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association and a member of the USTA. Louie spent winters in Betmar Acres Retirement Community in Zephyrhills, Florida and served 11 years on the Betmar Board of Directors as manager of finances, and 6 years as Chairman of the Board. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Senior League at Cherokee Hills and Betmar Acres in Florida. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, a life-member of the AmVets and former member of Satan's Angels Drum and Bugle Corps. He leaves many friends in Ohio and Florida.

Louie is survived by his children Holly (George) Hefner of Bellefontaine, Lori (Brian) Fisher of Huntsville and Michael P. Bozman of Columbus; 15 grandchildren: Ron (Melissa) Troyer of Stephen City, VA, Renae (Corey) Van Hoose of Zanesfield, Randi (Wade) Thomas of Ypsilanti, MI, Rob (Lindsay) Troyer of Pinckney, MI, Christina (Brian) Myers of Lakeview, Jesse (Kalisha) Hefner of Bellefontaine, Ashley (Tom) Nolan of Palmyra, VA, Justin Widmark of Lakeview, Megan (Tommy) Carlson of Yukota AFB, Japan, Nathan (Meghan) Bozman of Germany, Alaina Bozman of Quincy, Zachary Bozman of Minot AFB, North Dakota, Jacob Bozman, Michael I. Bozman and Faith Bozman, all of northern Ohio; 14 great-granddaughters, 1 great-grandson; 2 great-great-granddaughters; sister Vivian (Ralph) Stokes of Port Orange, FL; nephews Cliff Stokes, Steve Stokes and Kevin Hughes and niece Becky Dorman.

Visitation will be held at the EICHHOLTZ DARING & SANFORD FUNERAL HOME, Belle Center on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 2-4 & 6-8pm. Pastor Dean Wasson will officiate the funeral on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Belle Center Church of Christ at 11am. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center with military honors provided by the Logan County Veteran Honor Guard. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Betmar Acres Retirement Community in Zephyrhills, Florida.

Memorial contributions may be made to Universal Home Health Hospice, 701 S. Main St., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.

Online condolences may be expressed at

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Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home
306 N Elizabeth St
Belle Center, OH 43310
(937) 464-3123
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Published in Weekly Currents from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2014
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