Verle Ray Hughes, age 86, of Lamar, passed away Saturday, October 30, 2010 at Barton County Memorial Hospital.

     Verle Ray was born December 19, 1923, near Iantha, Missouri, the only child of Walter and Irma (Sumners) Hughes.  A life-long Barton County resident, Verle Ray graduated from Liberal High School in 1941.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a Purple Heart Recipient. On July 6, 1962, at Miami, Oklahoma, Verle Ray married Kathleen (Reaves) Reno and they had celebrated nearly 42 years together before her death March 7, 2004.

      In addition to being a long-time farmer, Verle Ray owned and operated a lime hauling business and, in later years, delivered for Iantha Seed House.  Always active in his community, Verle Ray served on the Central Township Board and the Iantha Cemetery Board, was a former member of the Lamar Saddle Club as well as several bowling leagues.  Above all, Verle Ray enjoyed the fellowship of family and good friends.

     Survivors include two step-daughters, Charlotte Coats, Springfield, Missouri, and Marilyn & husband, Dr. Robert Couch, Lamar; six grandchildren, Julie Barker, Greg Coats, Jackie Leininger, Rob Couch, Jenni Couch,  and Drew Couch; and eight great-grandchildren, Kristian Jeffries, Blair Groves, Jillian Leininger, Barrett Barker, Griffen Leininger, Blake Elam, Quinlan Couch, and Elise Couch.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Burial will be in Iantha Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Barton County Memorial Hospital or Iantha Cemetery in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#7 United Stateschris wolf 2013-10-30 16:23
I can't believe it's been 3 years, it seems just like yesterday we were talking about how much I have grown.
#6 Lamar, MoChris wolf 2012-02-26 11:52
Verle Ray was the greatest great great uncle ever. All the stories he told me I will never forget. He will always be greatly missed and always loved.
#5 Mesa, AZLaurel Halfhill 2010-11-25 17:46
It was a shock to find out that Verle had died. I was trying to find his phone number and found his obituary. I am Verle's 2nd cousin on his mother's side and he was always a favorite of mine. I loved him and he will be missed.
#4 Rita Hensel & Sandra Morrison 2010-11-04 20:50
Verle Ray was in our life many years ago as a Step Dad. We stayed in touch with him even up to two weeks ago. He was a fine man and will be missed by us.
#3 Lamar, MoCarol McCall 2010-11-03 06:01
Verle Ray was a wonderful man and will be highly missed. Ill miss giving him hugs!
#2 tim and terri braker 2010-11-02 12:23
Verle Ray will be missed. He was such a part of Iantha when he lived there, and stayed in touch. Everyone knew Verle Ray. He will be missed.
#1 Blue Springs MO 64015Boyd & Linda Williams 2010-11-02 11:34
Verle Ray was my mom's (Donna McColm) cousin. I have know him since I was little. He was always fun to be around. He will be missed.

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