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Russel Merle Hugus, 95, of Fairmont, passed away Sunday (Nov. 6, 2016) at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg.
He was born Jan. 9, 1921, in Fairmont, son of the late Arthur Clyde and Ethel Mae (Clelland) Hugus.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Mary Belle (Willey) Hugus; his second wife of 12 years, Elaine (Travis) Hugus; two siblings, Joseph William Hugus and Doris Hugus.
Russel was born and reared in Fairmont, where he graduated high school and Fairmont Business College. He served in the U.S. Army for World War II, where he was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and survived as a POW.
He returned to Fairmont, where he lived with his family, worked as a carpenter and as the Business Agent for North Center Carpenters Union, also coordinating the first Carpenters Apprenticeship Program.
Russel was an avid gardener and was known throughout the neighborhood for his organic strawberries and raspberries. He also enjoyed fishing, round and square dancing, and played in the Fairmont "Fun Band," entertaining at local nursing homes, fairs and community events.
Russel is survived by three daughters, Charlotte Blake and husband Kenneth of Moundsville, Rita Judy and husband David of Parkersburg, and Mary Dubbe and husband David of Yorktown, Virginia; two brothers, Donald Clyde Hugus of Texas, and James Richard Hugus and wife Sammy of Indiana; eight grandchildren, Patrick Blake, Katherine (Blake) Steinhiser, Anna (Blake) Wilkins, Beth (Judy) Kohler, Scott Judy, Tyson Dubbe, Derek Dubbe and Chase Dubbe; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He also leaves behind many wonderful care-givers at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility as well as many neighbors and friends who provided him with excellent care and support.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. in Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home with William Kohler of Parkersburg officiating. Interment will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Farmington.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Residents Benefit Fund of the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, 1 Freedom Way, Clarksburg, WV 26301.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com.
Published on November 9, 2016
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