Albia was home to Malcolm A. Hughes for the prime years of his career as postmaster and for his retirement years. He and his wife, Barbie, loved their small acreage, just north of town, where they raised their four daughters, Ruth, Val, Pam, and Kim.
Malcolm Alvin Hughes was ushered into the presence of Jesus at 7:52 a.m. on July 6, 2021, at the age of 88. A devoted follower of Jesus, he was a loving husband to Barbara Hughes for 57 years, and they had four daughters, 35 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Malcolm was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 15, 1933, to Benjamin F. and Amy M. Hughes, and had one older brother, Eldon Hughes, who preceded him in death.
Mal grew up on an almond and tomato orchard in Los Angeles. He attended Beverly Hills High School, where he played brass and ran track, excelling in the sprint and earning a scholarship. He attended Arizona State University, Westmont College, and Pasadena Christian College. He served in the US Army honor guard in Tokyo in 1954-1955. He subsequently worked at Librascope in the early days of computers. Additionally, he served as a night supervisor at a boys' correctional facility.
For 29 years, he served as postmaster in several Iowa communities (Holmes, Thor, Hedrick, and Albia). Along with his wife, he served two and a half years in Bolivia with Wycliffe Bible Translators, using his mechanical abilities in a support role. He made many trips overseas to visit his daughters and their families, giving of his time and energy to serve in a variety of capacities. He loved getting to know the many people he would meet along the way and built friendships to last. His character was marked by servanthood, graciousness, and generosity in every realm of his life, rooted in his faithful love for Jesus Christ as his redeemer.
His volunteer service through the years included serving as an elder at Fellowship Bible Church in Oskaloosa, serving in the Gideons, and in the Lion's Club and Rotary Club in Albia. In earlier years he served in a care center ministry, lead Boys' Brigade, and for a summer in Maui, Hawaii, building a church. His hobbies included farming, building and remodeling, car mechanics, traveling, and singing.
He leaves behind his wife, Barbara Joan Stroup Hughes; daughters Ruth (and husband Barry Nelson), Valori Morrison-Liu (preceded in death by husband Bruce Morrison), Pamala (and husband Todd Price), and Kim (and husband Dan Sharp). His grandchildren are Naomi (married to Ben Sahlstrom, with four children), Josiah Nelson, Caleb Nelson (and wife Miranda), Anna (married to Luke Sahlstrom), Noah Nelson (and wife Clara), Grace Nelson, Isaiah Nelson, Lydia Nelson, and Hope Nelson; Hannah Morrison, Victoria Morrison, Esther (and husband Jake Wheeler, with two children), Loice Morrison, Mary Morrison, Charity Morrison, Melody Liu, Priscilla Liu, Ethan Liu, Gloria Liu, and Jathan Liu; Timothy Price, Jonathan Price, Elizabeth (and husband Stephen Sell), Matthew Price, Kirsten Price, Daniel Price, and Ariela Price; Ana (and husband Tedd Williamson), Joy Sharp, Mark Sharp, Joel Sharp, Ben Sharp, Titus Sharp, Sara Sharp, and Micah Sharp. He is survived by Susie Hughes Sellai and Bill Hughes.
The funeral was held on Friday, July 9, 2021, at DeBerry Funeral Home, Denton, Texas.
Burial with full military honors will be Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, 1:30-1:45 pm at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, Texas 75211, with a memorial remembrance time following at a location TBD.