John R. Hughes
1972 - 2019
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John R. Hughes

Born: March 22, 1972; in Woodstock, IL

Died: March 2, 2019; in Woodstock, IL

John R. Hughes, 46, of Woodstock, passed away on March 2, 2019 at his home in rural Woodstock.

He was born March 22, 1972 in Woodstock to Robert and Genevieve (Gentes) Hughes.

It is with tremendous loss and sadness that John passed away. He left us remembering his great sense of humor, his wonderful, cultivated mind and his sense of humility (even though he had much success). His interest in conservative politics often drew him into lively discussions with friends and foes alike.

He graduated from Woodstock High School in 1990 as Valedictorian and Class President for four years. In 1994 he received his Bachelor Degree from Yale University and later his Master's Degree from Yale Divinity School in Religious History. During his undergrad years he served as president of the Yale Political Union.

Currently he lived and farmed west of Woodstock while working in the family seed corn business located in Rochelle, Illinois. In 2018 he was elected to the Board of Directors for Dunham and Chemung Mutual Insurance Company. John was a big fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs.

He is survived by his parents; a sister, Susan Hughes; a brother, William (Melissa) Hughes; a niece, Olivia Hughes; and a nephew, Ryan Hughes.

There will be a visitation on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Schneider Leucht Merwin Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave. Woodstock. The visitation will continue at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 10:00 am until the 12:00 pm Funeral Service. Interment will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Woodstock.

Memorials may be made to can be designated for "primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)" to: Mayo Clinic, Department of Development 200 First Street SW Rochester, MN 55905; or online at www.mayoclinic.org or (800) 297-1185 in support of his fifteen year battle with autoimmune liver disease.

For information, contact the funeral home at 815-338-1710, or visit www.slmcfh.com


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Published in Northwest Herald on Mar. 5, 2019.
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March 20, 2019
HIS LIGHT WILL ALWAYS SHINE!
March 20, 2019
jOHN WAS A STELLAR YOUNG MAN, WHO REALLY GAVE US JOY - WE WILL MISS HIS QUICK WIT, HIS READY SMILE AND HIS WONDERFUL FAITH. WE ARE IN GRIEF WITH YOU, WHAT A WONDERFUL JOY jOHN WAS! BE BLESSED, THE VILLAGE HERBALIST
March 8, 2019
Dear Bob, Genevieve, Susan, Bill, and family,

We are so sorry to learn about John's passing. We think back on the wonderful memories we have of John. We will never forget that he honored us with his participation as the young handsome, smiling and happy ringer bearer at our wedding.

May his wonderful life leave you with the warmest and most pleasant of memories. Remember, he will always be with you.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Denise & Al DiGianfilippo & family
March 6, 2019
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March 5, 2019
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March 5, 2019
Bob, Genevieve, Susan, Bill, and extended family of John Hughes; please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of John!
Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing John, it is evident that he was a most accomplished and remarkable young gentleman! Woodstock and the rural community have lost a true treasure, but, our Faith sustains us that John's soul lives on and the spirit in which he lived should be an inspiration to us all!
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hughes family as you mourn the loss of John!
Larkin Mead
March 5, 2019
Our sympathy to John's family. We only met him a few times and he was very friendly and reflected the personality expressed in his obituary. Those characters will remain strong in his family's memory.
Sincerely, the Jim Dodd family
March 5, 2019
John was a great friend and a gentle, sweet, humble man. I will miss discussing politics, sports, or religion with him but most of all I will just miss him. He and I enjoyed direct communication and held nothing back from each other whenever we visited, he was pure and real. I will miss you buddy.
Phil Palsgrove
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