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William Reed Hughes Jr

December 18, 1933 — July 15, 2023

William Reed Hughes Jr., 89 of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2023.

He was born December 18, 1933 in Tarentum, a son of the late William Sr. and Margaret (Martin) Hughes.

Bill was a 1951 graduate of Har-Brack High School and a 1956 graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He served in the United States AirForce from 1956 to 1960. Bill served as a Captain and as an Instructor Navigator with International Status. He was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Bill was an avid fisherman who also enjoyed hunting and woodworking. He also loved the arts, enjoying art, music, and theater. Prior to retiring, Bill worked as a registered Architect and Professional Engineer. He was a partner in the architectural firm: RWL Architects and Planners, Greensburg where he worked primarily on schools and hospitals. Bill was a former amateur archaeologist at Hannastown, where he designed the present Fort according to specifications discovered in their archaeological investigation.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Christopher Hughes.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Ruth (King) Hughes; his children, Cynthia Jo (Donald) O'Hora of Shamokin Dam, PA, William H. (Kelly) Hughes of State College, PA, Michael (Kim) Farr of Charlotte, NC, and Amy E. (Timothy) Waite of Charlotte, NC; stepchildren, Lee A. (Carmen) Shurie of Sherman Oaks, CA, Dr. Lynn Remington (Dr. Lawrence Wei) of Sewickley, PA, Beth Chew (Jeff West) of Latrobe, Todd Shurie of Greensburg; grandchildren, James O'Hora, Jennifer (Brent) Prevratil, Isabella Farr, Hunter Waite, Olivia Waite, and William Waite; step-grandchildren, Jason (Autumn) Byrd, Ryan Shurie, Dr. Cara Kennedy (Dr. Daniel Burgin), Kirstie Shurie, Mia Krohn, Shane Krohn, and Ashley Haberman; great-grandchildren, Lilly Prevratil, James X. Prevratil, and Emma Byrd; brother, James F. (Jean) Hughes of Oakmont and sister, Jane Ann (Charles) Byrnes of Mt. Lebanon.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday, July 22nd from 10am until the time of service at 11am at FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 15 E. Second Street, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Interment will take place at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to one's favorite charity.

KEPPLE-GRAFT Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.  For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.

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Visitation

Saturday, July 22, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church

15 E 2nd St, Greensburg, PA 15601

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Funeral Service

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church

15 E 2nd St, Greensburg, PA 15601

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