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Jonathan L Hughes

Jonathan L. Hughes, 55, of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Neche, ND, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020, near Grand Forks, ND. Funeral Service will be held Friday, June 19, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, in Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 18, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Social distancing and wearing a mask are recommended. Funeral service will be live streamed on the Askew Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Union Cemetery or the Neche Fire Department.

Jon was a 1983 graduate of Neche High School. After enlisting as a Marine, Jon graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989.  Upon commission, he was assigned to Training Wing (TW-5), Pensacola, FL for flight school and was designated a Naval Aviator in June, 1991. He was reassigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM)-14 in Norfolk, VA to fly the MH-53E Sea Dragon. Hughes returned to Pensacola as a flight instructor in 1995. In 1998, he left active duty but remained in the reserves, assigned to HM-15 in Corpus Christi and flew commercially for Trans World Airlines and Atlantic Coast Airlines. After returning to active duty in 2001, he was deployed in January 2003 to the Persian Gulf and again in 2004, this time as Officer-in-Charge, HM-15 Det. 2. He commanded the 90 person detachment until his transfer to Fort Worth in January, 2005. On October 1, 2006, he was promoted to Commander and assigned to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, TX. On July 15, 2007, Jon took his last command of the Navy Operational Support Center, Alameda, CA.

After retiring from the Navy in 2010, he moved to Grand Forks and flew commercially for Sky West Airlines until the time of his death. He also drove beet truck for area farmers and contracted with Trans Systems in the winter months.

Jon enjoyed travelling, camping and boating, snowmobiling, motorcycling and attending sporting events. He remained active in the VFW and spent many of his weekends on water throughout the summer. Jon also spent many evenings and weekends watching his nieces and nephews play sports. 

He is survived by his mother, Judy (Bert) Warner of Pembina, brothers, Jeff Hughes, Neche, ND, Jeremy (Beth) Hughes, Thompson, ND, sisters Jackie (Steve) Johnson, Reiles Acres, ND, Laurie (Allen) Williams Montrose, CO, nephews Daniel (Sarah) Williams, Samuel Williams, Jacob Williams and Marcus Hughes, nieces Rachel Johnson, Mara (Joe) Gramling, Lauren(fiancé BJ) Johnson and Mackenzie Hughes, grand-nephews Thomas Johnson and Oliver Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his father, H. Frank Hughes, maternal grandparents, Bert and Irene Hvidsten and paternal grandparents, Howard and Doreen Hughes.

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What a shock to see Jon's passing in the USNA Shipmate Alumni publication. I flew with Jon in HM-15 and have very fond memories of those days together. He was always smiling, a truly wonderful person to know. Although I lost contact with Jon after HM-15, I will mourn his loss for a long time.
Fair Winds and Following Seas my friend.

Chuck Miller Sep 5 2020 12:00 AM

Jon and I served together back in the 90s (HM-14/15). I remember him as one of the nicest and funniest fellows in the squadron (his rendition of "Fire Marshall Bill" always had me in stitches). I'm terribly saddened to now learn of his passing. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. -Ken Pascal

Ken Pascal Aug 7 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry Judy, I know what it's like to lose a child.

Janny Cull

Janny Cull Jun 23 2020 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to Jon's family at this difficult time. Although our paths had not crossed in the past decade, Jon was like a brother to me while were at the Naval Academy. Such a calm, gracious, and genuinely good guy. After graduation, when we were both stationed in Norfolk, Jon and his friend took me waterskiing. We had a great time until a stinging nettle got stuck to my leg as I was getting up on the skiis. I can't remember if I yelled or swore before I let go, but Jon kindly circled back and helped me out of the water. After the stinging stopped, it actually became funny. And that's how I remember Jon: smiling, cheerful, and warm-hearted. And now gone too soon. Rest in peace, my friend.

Stephanie Schollaert Uz Jun 20 2020 12:00 AM

Sincerest sympathies to all of the Hughes family. Jonathan lived life to the fullest and loved his family fiercely. Many thanks to him from a grateful nation for his long and steadfast service. Rest easy faithful servant. Neche is very proud of you. Love you your family.

Bill and Dyana (Symington) Beaton Jun 19 2020 12:00 AM

Jon was a good friend and classmate the the Naval Academy. I have many wonderful memories or our time together by the Severn. We reconnected when he was assigned to Alameda, CA. Jon was one of those rare individuals who could remain calm and unfazed at all times. He always knew how to help me see life from the lighter side. Rest well, Jon. You are missed!

Mark Thonen USNA 1989 Jun 18 2020 12:00 AM

Jon was such a good friend and neighbor. Always there if we needed a hand. We will miss the nights sitting around your fire pit and shooting the Bull!

Rest in Peace, you will be forever in ours hearts.

Al and Julia Nieuwsma Jun 18 2020 12:00 AM

Jon was such a good friend while we were at the academy. So many good times and we also got into a fair amount of trouble together. No matter what, he could also make me laugh and make the best of any situation. I will miss him very much and the world seems a bit smaller without him.

Bill Becker Jun 17 2020 12:00 AM

Jon and I went to school at the Naval Academy and shared many adventures through the years. He always showed me the right way to do things. I was glad our paths crossed again at ACA. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to Jons family and friends.

Jim Clautice Jun 17 2020 12:00 AM

Im so sorry; I wish I had the perfect words to ease your pain. Know that I am lifting you all to the light, sending prayers and peace to your hearts.

Leslie Sheley Jun 17 2020 12:00 AM

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