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Kenneth Harley Hughes

Kenneth Harley Hughes, long time cattleman of Franklin, Texas, formerly of Eureka, Kansas, was called home, into the arms of Jesus on June 15, at the age of 65.

Ken was born September 8, 1953 in Emporia, Kansas to Jerry Hughes and Donita Holmes Hughes. He grew up in Hamilton, Kansas and graduated from Hamilton High School in 1971. He attended Garden City Community College where he earned his Associate Degree in Feedlot Management. He worked for several feed lots in western Kansas and then on June 8, 1974, Ken married his high school sweetheart, Jeraldyn Butler, in Eureka, KS. To this union one child, Amy Elizabeth, was born.

Spurred by his love for animal husbandry and the great outdoors, Ken followed his dream and his heart into the cattle industry. After his marriage, he worked for 10 years on ranches in Kansas and Oklahoma. Then, in 1984, Brinks Brangus moved to Eureka and that is when his love affair with the Brangus breed began. In 1993, Ken followed his beloved black cows to Texas where he became Director of Genetics at Camp Cooley Ranch, Franklin, Texas. At Camp Cooley, Ken was instrumental in helping develop the Brangus breed into what it is today – a sentiment validated through his recognition as the 2019 Pioneer Award recipient from the International Brangus Breeders’ Association.

In 2012, Ken turned his profound knowledge and expertise into his own business, Hughes Cattle Services, which enabled him to continue to consult with Brangus breeders across the country, and build his own herd with Mike Burtin in Eureka, Kansas.

Ken was a member of the First Baptist Church, Franklin, Texas. He became a born-again Christian in 1979. He always credited his grandma Neva Hughes with his love of Jesus. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and shooter. Ken was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He had a creative mind, was very skilled at metal works, and had a way with cattle, horses, and people. He was a highly respected patriot and always treated people with kindness and respect.

He leaves Jerri, his loving wife of 45 years of the home, daughter Amy (Jeff) Dieta; grandchildren Jeffrey and Chloe Dieta all of Round Rock, Texas; brother Steve (Sheila) Hughes of Hamilton, KS; sister Denise (Mark) Stewart of Madison, KS; nieces Zenda Kono of Gladstone, MO, Jessica Naccaroto of Valley Center, KS; and nephew Jacob Stewart of Gridley, KS. Ken was proceeded in death by his grandparents, parents, his granddaughter Joy and nephew Zeke.

Ken will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. A visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church, Franklin, Texas, on June 22, from 5-7 p.m. in the old Fellowship Hall. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, Franklin, Texas, on June 23, at 2:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held on June 29th, at 2:00 p.m., Janesville Cemetery, Hamilton, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established with the International Brangus Breeders’ Association. Please make checks payable to IBA with Ken Hughes Memorial Scholarship in the memo. Donations may be sent to: International Brangus Auxiliary, c/o Janet Greuel, treasurer, 438 Price Rd., Brooks, GA 30205.

The Eureka Herald

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