Donald L. Hughes

January 29, 1945 ~ May 12, 2019 (age 74)

    Donald “Donnie” Hughes, 74, of West West Terrace, passed away peacefully Sunday morning at the Lehigh Valley Schuylkill Hospital East. Pottsville.

     Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Joseph and Dorothy Davis Hughes.

     He attended the Cass Twp Schools. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, Minersville. He had worked construction, owned and operated Hughes Contracting with his brother, and later was a foreman with  J.W. Zaprazny Inc. He served with the Pennsylvania National Guard. He was a former Past Master of Masonic Lodge 222, Cressona and was a member of the Tall Cedars. He was also a former member of the Minersville Lions Club. 

     He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and sitting out by his pool. He also enjoyed watching western shows on TV.

     In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by a granddaughter, Lauren Murphy and a sister, Doris Klotunowitch.

    He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former LaRae Gauntlett; a son Todd Hughes (Janine), West West Terrace; 2 daughters, Donelle Hughes (Brian), Pottsville and Kendra Deeter (Craig), Berry’s Grove; 9 grandchildren, Cody Hughes, Laykin Hughes, Drake Hughes , Rachel Hughes, Kyle Lucas, Blake Deeter, Kyra Deeter, Gavin Vesay and Ridge Vesay; 2 great-grandchildren, Deegan and Isabella; a brother Joseph Hughes and his wife Antoinette, West West Terrace; nieces and nephews.

    Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 10 AM  from the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. Rev. Joan Weiderhold, Pastor of the First Congregational Church will officiate. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 PM and on Friday morning from 7AM until the time of the service. A Masonic Service will be held 6:30PM on Thursday evening. Private Interment in Mt. Peace  Cemetery, Minersville will be at the convenience of the family.  

The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Donald to the American Cancer Society, 101 W. Frack St., Frackville, Pa. 17931  or to the First Congregational Church, 315 Sunbury St., Minersville 17954. Contributions will also be accepted at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Donald’s memory, visit us at

Donations may be made to:

American Cancer Society
712 South Keyser Ave., Taylor PA 18517
Tel: 1-570-562-1219

1st Congregational Church
315 Sunbury St., Minersville PA 17954

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