D. Hughes Wilcox
September 10, 1930 – July 24, 2021
Hughes Wilcox, age 90, was called by the Lord to join his beloved wife, Margie. He is survived by children: D. Hughes Wilcox, Jr. (Kathy), Anne B. Wilcox, Timothy J. Wilcox (Dawn), Mary W. Wilcox; four grandchildren; one (soon to be 2) great-grandchildren.
Hughes was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa and grew up surrounded by roses. His parents, Jack and Geraldine Wilcox, were the largest rose wholesale florists in the country. It was the lessons of hard work, perseverance, respect, and faith that made their mark on the young Iowa boy. He loved sports, particularly basketball and track. At one time he held the high jump record at the Drake relays. Upon high school graduation he boarded a train for Notre Dame where he majored in Economics and lettered in track and basketball. The Fighting Irish changed his life forever as he met his future wife, Margie, while attending a dance at St. Mary of the Woods. Upon graduation and after two years in the Air Force, they were married in 1954.
Hughes and Margie were committed to their four children, setting an example of love and involvement in their lives each day. He coached winning basketball teams for all four children. Hughes focused on team play and discipline with a mantra of you never miss a layup or free throw, no excuses. Most importantly, he imbued a deep sense of faith and the importance of God in their lives.
Hughes’ achievements encompass a life focused on his family, faith, and community. Hughes and Margie were married for 66 years and active members in Christ the King Catholic Church parish for over 50 years. Community participation included Catholic Charities, Christ the King Catholic Church, Marian, Mt. Michael, St. Martins, Serra Club, and Rotary International.
Family will receive friends Tuesday, July 27th from 3pm to 6pm at the West Center chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, July 28th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th Street. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Catholic Charities, University of Nebraska Medical Center, or Christ the King Catholic Church.
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