Kenneth Dean Hughes, 73, of Burlington, KS passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.
Ken was born in El Dorado, KS on April 28, 1946, the son of Wilbur (Pete) and Helen (Drum) Hughes. He attended school in El Dorado, graduating from El Dorado High School in 1964. He attended Butler Community College, before graduating from Emporia State with a BS in Secondary Education.
He began his career teaching junior high science as well as coaching football and basketball in Burlington. Life took him other places, but he returned to Burlington in 1987 where he worked for Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation for 20 years until his retirement in 2007.
Ken married Shirley Pinkerton on May 22, 1987 in Burlington. Together, they traveled the world, including trips to China, India, Iceland, Alaska and all over Europe. He died in Budapest doing what he loved - at the end of a River Cruise on the Danube river.
Ken was an avid golfer and an active member of Rotary International. He traveled twice to Africa and once to India with Rotary to help eradicate polio. He also volunteered with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kansas where he mentored his “little brother” Eric for many years. He also volunteered as a reading buddy at the local elementary school.
He is survived by Shirley, his wife of over 32 years; daughters Amy Moyer and husband David of Broken Arrow, OK and Megan Mason and husband Ryan of Tulsa, OK; three grandchildren Courtney (17) and Alex Moyer (17) and Emily Mason (6); and brothers Bob and Bill Hughes as well as many other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Helen, and brothers Patrick and Jim Hughes.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, October 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington. A reception will follow at Rock Creek Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Rotary International.