OBITUARY

Steven Lee Hughes

June 7, 1947January 8, 2019

Our beloved and courageous Steven Lee Hughes passed peacefully on January 8, 2019 after a five-year battle with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma. He was 71. Steve was born in 1947 in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Stanley and Doreen Hughes. His father was a Marine and their family moved often. Therefore, Steve completed his first two years of high school in Norway and graduated from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, California. He joined the Army, served in Vietnam, and concluded his military career in Fairbanks, Alaska. After being honorably discharged, he stayed in Fairbanks and worked briefly as a bush pilot. Steve had a passion for flying. After returning to California, Steve attended Northrop University in Inglewood, CA. He worked for the City of Escondido from June 1978 – July 2007 as a Field Engineer Supervisor and Environmental Manager. After retirement, he returned to Alaska and worked for the Municipality of Anchorage as a Civil Engineer for 11 years. Steve and his wife, Ronda, returned to Escondido in July 2018. His health gradually declined and he went to be with the Lord. He is survived by his wife Ronda, daughter Stacy, son Bradley, previous wife Bonnie and six grandchildren – Abigail, Gavin, Emily, Savannah, Presley, and Cora. Three siblings - brothers Phillip and Wayne and sister Vicky, also survive him. Steve had many interests and hobbies including woodworking, model railroading, hiking, and Jeep restoration. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the American Cancer Society in Steve’s honor.

GOD’S GARDEN God looked around His garden And found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth, And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you And lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering He knew you were in pain He knew that you would never Get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough, And the hills were hard to climb. So he closed your weary eyelids, And whispered “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you But you didn’t go alone For part of us went with you The day God called you home.

Services

24 January

Graveside Service

10:30 am

Miramar National Cemetery

5795 Nobel Dr, San Diego, CA 92122

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 18, 2019
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Steven Lee Hughes

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Shawn Dooley

January 17, 2019

RIP my friend you will be sorely missed. Sandee, I and the kids think about you both often. You will always be remembered as a man that could do anything once you wrapped your arms around it. Great teacher and peer. Happy trails.
Shawn

Bryan Martin

January 16, 2019

I was fortunate to have worked with Steve during his tenure at the Municipality of Anchorage. We all will miss him, he was a fantastic co-worker and friend to anybody who crossed his path.

Gary Coleman

January 15, 2019

RIP my friend, Steve! It was fun working with you after 9-11-2001 until you retired. We had many good talks about Airplanes, Wars, buildin' stuff, Second Amendment and things that go BOOM! Had you not been in the final days of building your house in Valley Center I'm sure you could have put out that Fire all by yourself! I am praying for the comfort and well-being of your remaining Family and Loved Ones. We will swap stories again someday! Until then, Gary

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Our beloved and courageous Steven Lee Hughes passed peacefully on January 8, 2019 after a five-year battle with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma. He was 71.
Steve was born in 1947 in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Stanley and Doreen Hughes. His father was a Marine and their family moved often. Therefore, Steve completed his first two years of high school in Norway and graduated from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, California. He joined the Army, served in Vietnam, and concluded his military career in Fairbanks, Alaska. After being honorably discharged, he stayed in Fairbanks and worked briefly as a bush pilot. Steve had a passion for flying.
After returning to California, Steve attended Northrop University in Inglewood, CA. He worked for the City of Escondido from June 1978 – July 2007 as a Field Engineer Supervisor and Environmental Manager. After retirement, he returned to Alaska and worked for the Municipality of Anchorage as a Civil Engineer for 11 years.
Steve and his wife, Ronda, returned to Escondido in July 2018. His health gradually declined and he went to be with the Lord. He is survived by his wife Ronda, daughter Stacy, son Bradley, previous wife Bonnie and six grandchildren – Abigail, Gavin, Emily, Savannah, Presley, and Cora. Three siblings - brothers Phillip and Wayne and sister Vicky, also survive him.
Steve had many interests and hobbies including woodworking, model railroading, hiking, and Jeep restoration. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the American Cancer Society in Steve’s honor.








GOD’S GARDEN
God looked around His garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough,
And the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids,
And whispered “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.