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Elden Edgar McHugh, 92, was called to his Heavenly home on Friday, January 29, 2016. A celebration of Elden’s life will be held 1:00 PM, Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Avondale United Methodist Church. Visitation will held from 12:00-1:00 PM. Burial in Dodge City Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Avandale United Methodist Church.
Elden was born September 20, 1923 in Bucklin, KS to Anna and Perry McHugh. The fourth son of 5 boys, Elden and his family moved to Dodge City, KS where he and his brothers grew up together during the Great Depression. Elden loved to play sports of all kinds and was the first All State Tackle for his high school team, the Dodge City Red Demons. After high school, Elden joined the Army Air Corps where he served in the European theater of WWII as a tail gunner in a bombing squadron. From November 1944 to March 1945, Elden’s unit flew 27 missions over Europe and North Africa.
When Elden returned home he met and married Frances Jean Carey. Together they raised two children and shared over 67 years of marriage. The family moved to Pineville, LA when Elden was transferred by Farmland Industries to manage the office of their newly built ammonia plan in nearby Pollock, LA. Later he was transferred to Kansas City’s home office in 1979 where he later retired. Elden and Frances stayed in Kansas City for the remainder of his life.Elden was long-time member of the Avondale United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by: parents; older brothers, Orville, Harold and Virgil McHugh and younger brother, Noble McHugh. Elden is survived by; wife, Frances (Cary) McHugh, Kansas City, MO; son & daughter-in-law, Tim & Susan McHugh, Covington, LA; daughter, Sandra McHugh-DeAtley, Kansas City, MO; grandsons, Nick DeAtley, Hunter, Cole and Wesley McHugh as well as eleven nieces and nephews. (arr. Heartland Cremation 816-313-1677)