Melvin A. "Cutter" Hughes, 88, of Sandusky, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, in Stein Hospice Care Center after a brief illness.
He was born May 22, 1919, in Sand Springs, Okla., to John and Ollie B. (Tuck) Hughes. He was employed at General Motors as a shipper until his retirement in 1982; he was previously employed by Apex Corporation and Union Chain. He was a member of Huron Eagles and Sandusky American Legion.
Melvin, nicknamed "Cutter," was decorated and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1940-46, serving during World War II on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (hence his nickname) Northland, on what became known as the Greenland Patrol. He and the USS Coast Guard, at the outbreak of World War II, were instrumental in capturing deployed German Coast radio operators and weather observers, eventually attacking the U-boat deploying them. He was later assigned to Marblehead Coast Guard Station leading to the meeting of his bride, Ruth. They were married in Marquette, Mich., July 17, 1944.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth I. (Rinkel) Hughes of Huron (Rinkel, an early Pelee Island family); son, Ronald Melvin (Ginny) Hughes of Elyria; grandsons, Jason of Royal Oak, Mich., and Brian of Rochester, Mich.; brother, Johnny Hughes of Rolla, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Alexander and Ollie Bell (Tuck) Hughes; and nine brothers and sisters.
There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Meadow Green Memorial Park Chapel, Huron. The Rev. Jamie Stewart will officiate. Entombment will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Erie County Senior Center.
Condolences may be made at grofffuneralhomes.com.