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Vernon Glenn Hughes, 87, of Ouray, Colo., died Feb. 18, 2021, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mr. Hughes was a retired social studies teacher for the Riverview Gardens School District in St. Louis. He received a master’s degree in education at Washington University in St. Louis. He co-owned several antique shops in Clarksville before retiring to Green Valley, Ariz., where he served as a lay reader and active member in the Episcopal Church. He moved to Licking to be near his family. He enjoyed his cat, Jimmy St .James; attending flea markets, antique shops, estate sales, auctions and operas; classical music; reading; artwork; puzzles; and hiking. Born June 25, 1933, in Elvins, he was the son of the late Cleo Nadine Hulsey and Allen Glenwood Hughes.

He was preceded in death by a stepfather: Leroy Phares; a sister: Janet Gail LaChance; a brother: Ronald Phares; and his lifelong friend and partner: Ralph Huesing.

He is survived by a brother: Michael (Pam) Hulsey of St. Louis; a brother-in-law: Robert LaChance of Desloge; a sister-in-law: Ursula (Don) Rakow of Rockwall, Texas; four nieces: Regna (Lou) Wirth, Rhonda Phares, Jennifer Hulsey and Christine Rakow; five nephews, Kevin LaChance, Doug Hulsey, Jeff Hulsey, Donald Rakow and David Rakow; seven friends; Carolyn Morehead, Bob (Sharon) Bush, Betty Pennington, Bertha Mae Taylor, Bob (Peggy) Watkins, Brenda Phares and Mary Ward; and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Services were held at St. Francis Episcopal Church Memorial Garden in Green Valley, Ariz., and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Durango, Colo. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home in Houston.

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