Hughes celebrate 71 years of marriage

Hank and Ileen Hughes

HUGHES — Hank and Ileen (Neuens) Hughes, of Escanaba, celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary recently. The couple married on Feb. 1, 1947 at Holy Family Parish in Flat Rock.

Ileen worked at Montgomery Ward, and as a full-time housewife and mother. She is known for her fabulous cooking and baking. Ileen was also a seamstress and bookkeeper.

Hank was self-employed as a dairy farmer and made maple syrup his whole life.

In addition, he was Escanaba Township supervisor for six years and was janitor at Holy Family Parish for 30 years. He retired in 1990 after 33 years of being a bus driver and head of Gladstone Area Public Schools transportation.

Today, at 94 years old, Hank drives Ileen in his Gator to the farm they so love and still heartfully tend. It is now owned by their son Larry Hughes, and his wife Karen.

Ileen turned 90 on Jan. 6 and Hank will turn 95 on Wednesday, May 23.

Together, the couple has 10 children including Patrick Sr., Rosalie, Barbara, Raymond, Joseph, Ileen, Ronald, Connie, Larry, and Mary. Other family members include countless relatives, son- and daughter-in-laws, 27 grandchildren, and 44 great-grandchildren.

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