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Franklin Grant Hughes, 87, died in Ocean Park, Wash., on Sept. 21, 2013.
He was born June 20, 1926, and married Helen Mae Ward in Chehalis, Wash., on April 18, 1948. They had eight children.
Mr. Hughes worked in the construction and logging industries, including 20 years with the Ketchikan Pulp Company, and 13 years with Seley Corporation in Klawock and Ketchikan.
He was an avid gardener, loved working with wood, and riding his bike.
The family writes, "Dad enjoyed remodeling homes, and anything related to wood-working. He built tables, hope chests, toy boxes, wooden toys and puzzles. Dad had a passion for children’s wellbeing, so he donated toys to the local fire and police department. His handcrafted teddy bears and toys were often found in the arms of a child during times of emergency."
Mr. Hughes retired to Ocean Park, Wash, where he often enjoyed lengthy bike rides along the countryside and beach.
He was preceeded in death by his wife, Helen, and son, Grant (Bill) Hughes.
Mr. Hughes is survived by his daughters, Linda (Gerald) Leeper of Rochester, Wash., Barbara (Joe) Shelley of Klawock, Lorrie (Bill) Eastham of Ketchikan, Cheryl Nelson of Lacey, Wash., Julie Patotzka of Anchorage and Carole (John) Vosburgh of Ketchikan; daughter-in-law, Diane Coleman-Bunch of Napavine, Wash., and son Jim (Mallory) Hughes of Soldotna; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Mountain View Cemetery in Centralia, Wash., at 3 p.m.