DELAWARE — John E. “Jack” Hughes Jr., 66, of Delaware, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, on a flight to San Juan Puerto Rico. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on March 3, 1950, to Mary (Tobin) and John E. Hughes Sr.

John grew up in Enfield, Connecticut where he graduated from Enfield High School and later joined the Army Reserves where he proudly served for 22 years.

He loved driving truck and spent 24 years driving for Western Auto, then Penske Logistics and later retired from Metropolitan Trucking. It was a hard life, but he loved it.

John was a voracious reader, self-educated and could talk to anyone on almost any subject. No one was a stranger, just a friend he hadn’t met yet. He loved to travel and somehow always managed to find the small air museums, military museums (i.e. Waikiki Beach) and every ship or sub that could be explored.

John was preceded in death by his mother, Mary and brother Thomas. His father John Sr. passed on the 16th of October.

Left to cherish John’s memory is his wife of 33 years, Arlene (McIsaac) Hughes; sons, Scott Hughes and Douglas (Leandra) Hughes Sr.; grandchildren, Odessa and D.J. (Douglas John Jr.); sister, Kelly (Tom) Peck; special niece and nephew, Jessica and Caleb Peck, as well as numerous other family members. He will be sorely missed by the newest addition to the family, fur baby Bella, whom he loved dearly.

Friends and family are invited to join together on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William St.), Delaware, to share memories, laugh, cry and remember what a truly wonderful person he was. A service will follow at 4 p.m. Dress is casual. John would want it that way.

Contributions can be sent to PetPromise, P.O. Box 14802, Columbus, OH 43214 or or to the American Heart Association.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Hughes family.

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