ALLERTON – Hugh Edward McComas passed away Friday (May 23, 2014) at his home in Allerton.
He was born on Aug. 7, 1936, in rural Fairmount, to Glen and Nora Marie Orr Henley. His family moved to Hume, where his father farmed until moving to one of the Allerton ranches in 1944.
Hugh attended the Vermilion Bridge, Allerton Grade and Allerton High schools. His senior year he attended ABL high school in Broadlands. Hugh and his father farmed and ran a custom farming circuit together.
On Dec. 30, 1956, he married Marilyn Kay McCormick of Broadlands. Together they were blessed with four children, Robert Glen (Sue), Randall Hugh, Richard Wayne (Kim) and Krista Kay (Hank) March.
Hugh joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1953, serving until 1961.
He was a member of the Allerton Lions Club for 26 years. He joined the Broadlands Masonic Lodge 791, which combined with the Homer Masonic Lodge, and he continued as a member there.
Hugh was a member of the Teamsters local of Champaign for 13 years.
He spent his winters driving a semi-truck; first for Kenneth Church of Allerton hauling livestock, and then for Thomas Logan of Fithian, and last for Clifford Warner of Champaign.
He and his wife Kay moved to Dana, Ind., in December 1994. Hugh retired but continued to help his son Rick farm on the Wabash in Indiana.
Hugh has 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Joann Williams of Jamaica; a niece and a great-niece; and one aunt, Virginia Casey of Hidalgo.
Hugh will always be remembered for the hours he worked and was gone as a testament of his dedication to always trying to make things better for his family. His love for his family was unending.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman. Family friends Craig and Kathy Roller will conduct the service.
Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Newman is in charge of the arrangements.