Bill Hughes in the arms of the Lord

ProLifeCorner – 4-22-2014 – We note with sorrow the passing of longtime pro-life advocate Bill Hughes.  Bill was on the forefront of the battle to save the lives of the innocent unborn and was an inspiration to so many of us in the Rockford, Il. area.  We extend our sympathy to his family and we know in our hearts that Bill is at peace with our Lord. 

Please see his obituary below from the RR Star:

WILLIAM LAVELLE HUGHES, 83 ROSCOE – William LaVelle Hughes, 83, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Lifehouse the Atrium, Rockford. The son of James Leo Hughes and Helen Margaret LaVelle, he was born September 6, 1930, in Rock Island, Ill. He was the youngest of four siblings, all of whom preceded him in death. On February 19, 1955, he was united in marriage to Clare Mae Gaines in East Moline, Ill.  

He entered the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He received a good conduct medal and an honorable discharge. A graduate of St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa, with a bachelor of art’s degree in sociology, he worked his entire career finding jobs for people with disabilities and retired as Regional Supervisor of DORS for the state of Illinois in 1990.

He was a founding member of The Church of the Holy Spirit in Roscoe. He held several positions at the church, including teacher of Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) and serving as the building and grounds manager. He was an avid supporter and active participator in the Pro Life cause. He would regularly protest for Pro Life causes.

He enjoyed woodworking, making repairs and helping others. He spent a lot of time enjoying his workshop. He was a Republican Party precinct committeeman for Winnebago County.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Rosemary (Jim) Reed, Rockford, William (Linda) Hughes, Warren, Mich., John (Amalia) Hughes, Payson, Ariz., Sara (Matt) Younger, Peoria, Ill., Daniel (Luanne) Hughes, Roscoe, and David (Patty) Hughes, McKinney, Texas; 18 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, James, Mary and Thomas. His family would like to thank the loving staff of the Atrium for their care and compassion during his final days.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in The Church of the Holy Spirit, 5637 Broad Street, Roscoe. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday night, April 22, in Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Roscoe Chapel, 11342 Main Street, Roscoe. Burial at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, in Floral Lawns Cemetery, 835 Dearborn Avenue, South Beloit. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 620 Blackhawk Blvd., South Beloit, Ill. 61080. To share a memory or condolence, visit

One thought on “Bill Hughes in the arms of the Lord

  1. What a great, faithful fellow Bill was.. I can not think about Bill without recalling how he had to jump for his life when Ragsdale’s wife went speeding into the mill parking lot as Bill was walking on the sidewalk across the drive…she failing to yield to a pedestrian …the only causality was the brief case Bill was carrying. Surprise Surprise Webster’s ever present camera was not working and failed to record the incident,

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