Sunday, March 4, 2018

Police Officer Gary Hughes; Served Overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

Clearing policeman Gary Hughes, whose battle with cancer
was chronicled in a March 2017 story in the Southwest Chicago Post, died Feb. 28. He was 50 years old.

Officer Hughes, a husband and father of two, battled stage 4 stomach and liver cancers since he was diagnosed in October 2016. He had undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy and blood transfusions.

Officer Hughes grew up with his mother and two brothers in Cicero. He attended Morton High School and at age 18 enlisted in the Army. He served in Panama, Operation Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. He rose to the rank of captain and was with the 416 Engineer Command with 30 years of military service. Shortly before his death, he was promoted to major.

He joined the Chicago Police Department 19 years ago and most recently served in the Ogden (10th) District.

Officer Hughes is survived by his wife, Kimberly; children, Justin and Kaylee; mother, Joan (the late Edward) Hughes; brothers, Rick and Jeff; and nieces and nephews.

The Hughes family will receive guests at Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home, 9568 W. Belmont, Franklin Park from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 4. He will lie in state on Monday, March 5, from 9 am until the time of service: 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook.

Interment with full military honors will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.

Donations to assist the family are accepted at  “Salute Officer Gary Hughes” c/o Byline Bank, 6257 S. Austin, Chicago, IL 60638.

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