Colonel Howard Francis Hugos U.S. Air Force, Retired

November 28, 1915February 24, 2014
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Colonel Howard F. Hugos, U.S. Air Force, Retired, of San Antonio, Texas died February 24, 2014. He was 98 years of age. Colonel Hugos was born to Adolphus and Anna (Gathright) Hugos on November 28, 1915, at Enid, OK. He graduated from Enid High School, attended Oklahoma A&M University and The University of Oklahoma at Norman. He entered the Army at Ft Sill, OK, in The Field Artillery, and then as a 2nd Lt he entered The Army Air Corps and received his pilot’s wings at Kelly Field, TX, on May 11, 1940. Howard spent most of his Air Force career in Heavy Bombers. During his 28 years of service he received The Legion of Merit, The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, The Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, The Purple Heart, and The Moroccan Medal of Merit. During World War II, he flew B-29’s over Japan and was Deputy Group Commander of The 504th Bomb Group on Tinian. After World War II, he served at Ft Worth, TX, as Squadron Commander at Carswell AFB and as Deputy Group Commander of B-29’s and B-36’s. Howard then served for 3 years as Chief of Staff of The 17th Air Force in French Morocco. His next assignment brought him to The Pentagon in Air Force Operations as Chief of the SAC Branch. His final stateside tour was at Biggs AFB, El Paso, TX, first as Base Commander and then as Vice-Commander of The 95th Bomb Wing where he flew B-52’s. His last assignment in the USAF, before retiring, was as Chief of The US Air Force Military Advisory and Assistance Group to France. After retiring from the USAF in 1966, he became a homebuilder in Houston, TX. In 1981 he moved to Austin, TX, and then in 1998 he moved to San Antonio, TX. Colonel Hugos is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Marian Ahr Hugos; his daughter, Sharon F. Lewis of Naperville, IL; daughter, Carolyn M. Mettee of Phoenix, AZ; and son, Robert J. Hugos of Houston, TX. Howard is also survived by four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Full Military Honors for services and interment will be conducted at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 10:15 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2014, followed by a memorial service at the Army Residence Community Chapel at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make any donations to the Fisher House at ( An organization providing a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment”.


  • Graveside Service and Interment Monday, March 3, 2014
  • Memorial Service Monday, March 3, 2014

Colonel Howard Francis Hugos U.S. Air Force, Retired

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Jill Lewis

July 7, 2014

Yesterday was quite a day that will be in our memory forever. I wanted to express my condolences to everyone and let you know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers and I love you.

Below is a something I put together to express my feelings and hopefully will help everyone get through this tough time.

Words can't express the loss a great man, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will always be in our hearts and souls and always be watching his family and friends from above. He loved and was loved to the fullest. Papa will be missed dearly, remembering all the good that he brought to his family and others will never be forgotten. Papa lived a long life with a strong sense of family, dignity and much more, including a legacy that will live on forever. We all grieve in different ways, but it is all for the loss of a great man, who is respected forever and ever.

Papa, we love you and miss you dearly. One day we will all be reunited with you and can start a whole new chapter to our lives together and forever.



Terry Boone

March 3, 2014

Marian, Sharon, Carolyn, and Robert,
My heartfelt condolences go out to you. Having lost my Dad almost three years ago and my Mom just a few months ago, I know how hard it is.
Howard was a great man and I know you are very proud of him. I remember your family very well growing up on Biggs so many years ago. My parents were very fond of you and talked about you often.
I will certainly keep Howard and all of you in my prayers.

Sondra Wiedenfeld

March 3, 2014

Rob - Thanks to you and your family for sharing your father's incredible story. Our thoughts and prayers with you and yours.