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Master Chief Walter D. Hughes

August 10, 1939 - July 25, 2021

Master Chief Walter D. Hughes, 81, of Yardville, NJ and Sanford, North Carolina, left for his eternal patrol in heaven on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Born August 10, 1939, at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, he was the son of two WWII Navy Veterans, Joseph F. Hughes and Alma C. Perotti Hughes. His life journey took him to Yardville where he grew up with siblings, Joseph and Maryann. In 1958 he entered the Navy Submarine Service and spent 32 years proudly serving his country, especially during the Vietnam Era. He retired as a Master Chief in 1990.

After retirement, for the next 25 years he worked for the Hamilton Township Parks and Grounds Dept., as the toolroom supervisor, retiring in 2015. In 2020 he and his current wife Martha retired to North Carolina.

Some of Walt’s hobbies besides spending time with his family include Country Music, Oldies dances and Model trains.

Predeceased by his parents, Joseph F. and Alma C. (Perotti) Hughes, his 1st wife Betty Y. (Chung) Hughes, adopted son, Father Richard Chung, and daughter who died in April, Anna Moroney; left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 8 years, Martha Hughes; sons David (Mary) Hughes, and Aaron (Karyn Barrows) Hughes; brother Joseph (Krista) Hughes of Australia; sister Maryann Hughes of New Hampshire; step children, Ian Virgin, and Darlene (Edgar) Rosero; 11 grandchildren, Nick, Alex, Mikaela, Jacob (Alison), Bryan (Carly), Brianna, Cassandra, Ariana, Keirstan, Braden, and Ashley; great grandson Myles; great granddaughter Harley; many cousins, including Bob Hughes of Groveville, NJ, and Pat Lewis of Doylestown, PA; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends from the Navy and Hamilton Twp.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, August 2, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home, 30 Yardville-Allentown Road, Yardville, NJ 08620.

Interment with Navy honors will take place at 11:00 am SHARP, on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at the Brig. General Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Provinceline Road, North Hanover Twp. NJ.

Those wishing to follow the family to the cemetery in the funeral procession should arrive at the funeral home Tuesday morning between 10:00am-10:10am to have their cars lined up. There will be no morning calling hours.

Because of the floral restrictions at the Veterans Cemetery, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to the USO, at USO Department WS, PO Box 96860. Washington, DC 20090-6860.


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