Obituary for Howard F Hughes

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Howard F Hughes

November 4, 1940 - December 10, 2011

Howard F. Hughes, age 71 passed away Saturday morning, December 10, 2011 at The Villages of Florida, where he enjoyed wintering. Howard was a resident ofNashville.

He was born November 4, 1940 in Kokomo to the late Robert M. and Mary D. (Pinegar) Hughes.

Howard was avid golfer, hiker, skier and bicyclist, having toured much of America and Europe enjoying these activities.

Howard was a 1958 graduate of Kokomo High School. He also attended Purdue & Butler Universities, and went on to earn an MBA from Indiana University in 1969.

Howard retired as the Director of Finance at Arvin Industries in 1979 after 10 years of service. He was the owner and operator of Sparkle Car Wash in Columbus from 1978 – 2005. He also owned locations in Franklin and Seymour.

Howard served as a member of many nonprofit boards in Brown County including: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Brown County Community Foundation, Mother's Cupboard, Economic Development Commission, Brown County Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, Brown County Literacy Coalition and the Career Resource Center. Howard was a major sponsor of the arts in the Brown County Schools, bringing Dance Kaleidoscope and the Indianapolis Opera to the schools for performances. He also served on the Dance Kaleidoscope board. Howard was a 25 year member of the Nashville United Methodist Church.

Howard is survived by his brothers: Gordon (wife, Marilyn) Hughes of Pueblo, CO and Donald (wife, Mabel) Hughes of Columbus; close friend: Marcia A. Flaherty of Richmond, VA; He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Other survivors related by choice not blood include: a daughter Susan Henry of Bloomington and a brother: Robert Bean of Brunswick, GA.

A Open House to Celebratethe life of Howard Hughes will be held from 4 to 7 pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at the Seasons Conference Center, 560 State Road 46 in Nashville. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Howard to the Arts Program of the Brown County School Corporation, 357 E. Main Street, Nashville, IN 47448, or the Howard Hughes Fund for the Arts of the Brown County Community Foundation, PO Box 191, Nashville, IN 47448.

Condolences to the Hughes family can be made at Info: 812-597-4670


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Born: November 4, 1940
Died: December 10, 2011

Condolences for Howard Hughes

Janice Virgin posted on 1/1/00

Howard Hughes was a major 'player' in my life and that of Dance Kaleidoscope. He enhanced both. Howard mentored, supported, promoted and funded DK - he loved the energy, athleticism and talent of our artists. Howard was also my friend and I will dearly miss him - our lunches, conversations, dinners, good wine, laughs, future plans and his bear hugs. He made his community a better place, me a better person. He walked his talk and helped so many. I am fortunate and proud to have known him. Dear Howard, I will miss you so very much!


Victoria Neesen posted on 1/1/00

My heart overflows with the blessings of our precious time and memories shared and the joy I felt at so many dear ones who came to our Memorial/Celebration of life to share their love, memories, heartfelt words and the songs performed and dedicated to Howard by the young Indianapolis Opera performers, who definitely would have moved Howard to that beautiful smile of his, tears that would run down his face as he would always be so moved by the energy and passion of each musical artist. The love and respect for Howard, his ideas, his always challenging each of us to find our passion, embrace it and make it happen shouldn't stop here. Savor it, continue challenging your mind, body and spirit! That's what he was about. Make each day a new adventure! It's a gift from God - don't waste a minute if it - Howard didn't! My prayers are for peace and comfort for his daughter Susan, his brothers Don and Gordon and their families and all who loved him. Hearing the endearing words from those who shared his final ride touched my heart and gives me peace.Howard embraced the passions of those involved in charities and organizations near and dear to his heart and it gave him great joy to support those who had a vision, a plan, energy and devotion to see it through to success. Please continue your visions, plans, energy and dedication to keep all these projects flourishing,I know that would make him happy. Blessings, Miss Vickie,


Shirley Stumpner posted on 1/1/00

We were saddened to hear of Howard's passing. For many years, until the closing of Ski World, we enjoyed skiing with Howard as a member of the Ski Partol. We remember his dedication, good humor, and willingness to pitch in regardless of the task. We always had a lot of fun!! My your fond memories sustain you in this time of grief. (Sent on behalf of Shirley Stumpner and Moses Ko- fellow Ski Patrollers)


Helena Scanlon posted on 1/1/00

My deepest sympathy to the family. We met on a ski trip to Andora a few years ago. Howard and I knew each other just for two years, but I have many fond memories. His zest for life was unbelievable! I admired that he was so active in a variety of activities. He is missed by everyone who knew him.


Rhonda Bracamonte posted on 1/1/00

My connection with Howard began many years ago through my mom, Polly. After my mom died, Howard and I stayed in contact. Howard was a very special person and I will miss him very much. Not only will I miss the place he had in my life but I will miss the connection he gave me on earth with my mom. I felt the specialness of their relationship, even though it was many years ago, through our friendship. Howard you will be missed dearly - you have touched many lives and we are all blessed for having you as a friend. God bless you, Howard.


Rhonda Bracamonte posted on 1/1/00

My connection with Howard began many years ago through my mom, Polly. After my mom died, Howard and I stayed in contact. Howard was a very special person and I will miss him very much. Not only will I miss the place he had in my life but I will miss the connection he gave me on earth with my mom. I felt the specialness of their relationship, even though it was many years ago, through our friendship. Howard you will be missed dearly - you have touched many lives and we are all blessed for having you as a friend. God bless you, Howard.


Sumter Landing Bicycle Club D Lawrence, President posted on 1/1/00

For those of you who new and loved Howard, I want you to know that in one short hour he impressed the membership with his friendly smile and the chat that took place during the Saturday morning bike ride that was his last. Several of our members were with him on a ride through some of the beautiful farm country which borders The Villages. On behalf of our membership, I wish to express our deepest sympathies.


Polly Honor and Jack Hale posted on 1/1/00

We loved the time we spent with Howard, first on a bike tour in New Zealand and later on visits to Florida. We were looking forward to our visit with him while he was at The Villages. It was all good with Howard. Goodbye, dear friend.


Roger Strawman posted on 1/1/00

My sincere condolences to you in regard to Howard's death. I met Howard on an Indianapolis Ski Club trip to Jackson Hole in the early 90's. We got seperated from the group on the way to the ski resort without our lift tickets. As it turned out we were the only two from Columbus. He was a very delightly friend, who made you really feel special everytime he met you. We did a couple more ski trips together, really great times. I would see him quite frequently in town when he had the car wash. He always toook time to chat. I admired his zest for experiencing life. I hope your fond memories will comfort you in years to come. Sincerely, Roger Strawman


Marcia Flaherty posted on 1/1/00

Howard appreciated the gift of friendship, and loved all of his friends. It was Howard's wish that his friends gather for a party to share food, drinks, stories of his life's journey, and, most important, the peace and joy that he received from his friends. As soon as possible, I will "get the word out" on the date and time of party. Thank you for loving Howard-he loved you, too. We will all miss him. Please feel free to contact me at


Bob and Joyce Tamer posted on 1/1/00

Howard was a dear friend and travel companion. We had spent many delightful hours with Howard over the years and he will truly be missed. When I talked to him last week, all seemed fine. We were so surprised and saddened when we heard the news. You ae in our thoughts and prayers Howard.


Sue Ellen Kelley posted on 1/1/00

So sorry to hear of Howard's passing, he was a great friend to many. We had a lot of fun together on several Mission trips with other Methodists. He was way to young but lived life to its fullest. A big hug to Susan, its been years since we've seen each other but you certainly ment the world to Howard.


Cindy and Dave Taylor posted on 1/1/00

Although we had just met Howard on the bike ride, in the hour we knew him, it became clear that he was a very special person. Our condolences to all of his friends, family and community! Dave and Cindy


Roger and Dee Brunkow posted on 1/1/00

To the family and friends of Howard, We have enjoyed getting to know Howard and being his neighbor (cottage next door to his log house)over the past six years. He was so helpful in sharing information as we were trying to get to "know" Brown County. It was always interesting to hear him tell of the progressive things he was involved in to better the community. We were grateful that he kept an eye on our cottage while we were in Indy. We had a nice conversation with him the Sat evening before he left for FL. We talked alot about cycling. He was looking forward to his trip. We will miss him. Extending to you our heartfelt sympathy, May God comfort you in this time of loss, Roger and Dee


DeAnne Weaver posted on 1/1/00

I was Howard's personal trainer at Brown co YMCA for the last several years. He was a special man and a friend. He was very dedicated to attending his sessions and I looked forward to talking to him while we worked out about his interests and travels. We both love biking and I especially loved hearing about his many biking vacations. We have ridden together and I looked forward to riding on the trails in brown co state park with him as he recently bought a mountain bike. he had recently joined the board at the Y and had many ideas how to make our Y even better. He had many friends at the Y and will be missed by us all!


Dori David-Bean posted on 1/1/00

Howard will be missed by many and has blessed our lives. I just happened to be moving some things on the book shelf today and found some pictures of Howard's cabin I had taken with Howard Hughes(H2)and Bob Bean(B2). Bob and Howard had a special bond. With love, sympathy and appreciation, -Dori David-Bean (D2)


Lucinda Dunbar posted on 1/1/00

Late in finding out due to being one of his friends that was off the family radar! Found out by pulling up to his log home for the Hilly Hundred of which I stayed at for the last 16 years. On the ride this past weekend, I remembered Howard with his knee warmers falling down, his smile that never ended even though he was riding the 50 mile route of the Hilly which he almost always just rode flat roads. Then he got up the next day and went with me again to do 50 more. Howard will forever be with me and most especially every year as I will now always ride the Hilly in his memory!