Before he died Nov. 20, 1998, in his Sloan home, Robert Doyle Hughes told family members and friends that a good way to remember him would be to plant a tree, shrub or any perennial in their yards. He said the plants would provide years of enjoyment.
Hughes, a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died after a two-year bout with cancer. He was 66.
He moved his family from Wilkes-Barre to Buffalo in 1952 when he started working for American Airlines in its Fleet Service Division at what is now Buffalo Niagara International Airport. He retired in 1994.
After his retirement, he continued his enjoyment of gardening. His yard was made beautiful by his azaleas and roses.
He was a member of the Vanguards, an organization for American Airlines retirees.
Survivors include his wife, the former Shirley Green; a daughter, Marlene Cooper of Arcade; two sons, Robert of Tampa, Fla., and Jonathan of Dallas; two sisters, Jayne Olrogge of Grand Island and Nancy Andrews of Dallas; and eight grandchildren.
Private services were held in Arcade Rural Cemetery.