Cecil Ray Hughs, 85, of Billings, a retired pipefitter and welder, died Dec. 16, 2012.
He was born March 22, 1927, in Morgan, Texas, the son of James E. and Agnes (Cox) Hughs. He attended schools in Valley Mills, Texas. At age 15, he joined the Merchant Marines and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 15, 1945.
On Nov. 17, 1947, he married Caroline A. Kisel, in Lakin, Kan. He worked many years at Great Western Sugar and retired as a member of Billings Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 30.
He had coached Little League baseball, served as a Cub Scout master and served as a PTA president in School District 2. In later years he worked with his wife as a volunteer at the Billings Southside Senior Citizens Center.
He had received care from Billings Health and Rehabilitation Community.
Survivors include children, James Hughs, Mike Hughs, Cecil Hughs and Rita Wells, all of Billings; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Vigil services were Dec. 19 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Little Flower Church. A service for family members will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.