Apr 1, 2014 - StaffRiverton resident Harold Meredith Hugus died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
He was 89 years old.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at First Church of the Nazarene, 406 E. Sunset in Riverton.
Born in Rushville, Ohio, on Aug. 13, 1924, to Ray and Berenice Hugus, he died from complications of a weakened heart.
Mr. Hugus held a bachelor's degree in horticulture, comprised of studies from Minnesota, Ohio State University and graduation from Ohio University, as well as a master's degree from United Theological Seminary.
He served for four years in the U.S. Army, attained rank of second lieutenant, and was deployed to Japan.
"His great love for God spilled over into love for people, as demonstrated by a lifetime devoted to ministry, sharing the good news of salvation and the message of holiness," his family said.
When he was not preaching, Mr. Hugus enjoyed reading and studying, woodworking and leather craft, back-packing in Wyoming's high country, a rousing game of ping-pong or dominoes, and spending time with his family.
"His legacy of love for God and others, frequently manifest through shared hugs, will continue in the hearts and lives of his family and friends," the family added.
Mr. Hugus is survived by his beloved wife Wilma of nearly 62 years; daughter Tabithe White and husband Rick; sons Steve Hugus, Paul Hugus and wife Ginny, Tim Hugus and wife Tammy; nine grandchildren, Caleb, Alethia, Benjamin and Elspeth; Justin and Stephanie; Melissa and Ryan; Jeremy; and three great-grandchildren, Kylee, Ezekiel and Avalon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Robert, Dale and Russell.
Memorials helping to defray medical expenses are suggested.
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