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Hugo Hucke

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hugo Hucke
Hugo Hucke, 82, Cherokee, formerly of Aurelia, died on Nov. 2 at the Countryside Estates Nursing Home in Cherokee, where he had been a resident for two weeks. Funeral services were held on November 5 at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Missy Brown officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia. Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia was in charge of funeral arrangements. A memorial fund has been established.

Hugo Otto Hucke was born March 29, 1926 on a farm near Lawton, the son of Hugo A. and Bertha (Woldt) Hucke. He attended school in Lawton and received his GED in 1996. He was in the Army Reserves for six years. Hugo ran a milk truck out of Sioux City, and worked for Allis Chalmers in Sioux City for three years. On March 4, 1951, Hugo married Lucille Ruth Will in Sioux City, and in 1953 they moved to her family's farm near Aurelia. Hugo farmed until he suffered a heart attack on Oct. 9, 1997. Lucille died Sept. 9, 2000. Hugo married Lila Jones at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia on Nov. 20, 2004, and they lived in Cherokee.

Hugo was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, and was a lifetime member of the Knights of Pythias. He was involved with doing church mission work, and had traveled to Antigua, Jamaica, Costa Rica, and three times to Mexico. In 1992, he was also involved with Habitat For Humanity, working on homes in Des Moines, Ames, and Sioux City. He enjoyed woodworking, and "giving people a bad time."

Preceding Hugo in death were his parents, his wife Lucille, one brother, Alvin Hucke, three sisters, Marie DeLaughter, Leona Quinn and Alvina Larsen, and one step-great-grandson, Alec Mouw.

Survivors include his wife, Lila of Cherokee; three children: Michele (Shelly) and her husband Dr. Brian Dubes of Lenoir City, Tenn., Tom Hucke of Aurelia, and Marsha Hucke of Iowa City; four grandchildren, Ryan and his wife Cheri Dubes of Scottsdale, Ariz., Nathan Dubes of Mesa, Ariz., Patricia (Trish) Dubes of Nashville, Tenn., and Bryce Dubes of Lenoir City, Tenn., and three great-grandchildren, William, Lauren and Emily Dubes. Also surviving are two stepchildren, Carol Walters of Cherokee, and Scott and his wife Erin Jones of Altoona; four step-grandchildren, Stephanie Mongan of Cherokee, Tasha and Chris Mouw of Doon, Jeremy Walters of Spencer and Weston Jones of Altoona; four step-great-grandchildren, Skyler and Dalton Mongan and Collin and Abigail Mouw, and other relatives and friends.