Barry G. Hughes, Sr., 68 of Valparaiso, passed away as a result of an auto accident, Wednesday, March 27, 2024.  He was born July 9, 1955 in Johnstown, PA to Paul Roger and Nancy (Lear) Hughes.  Barry worked for over 50 years in the steel industry, retiring February 1, 2024 as a crane operator for Cleveland Cliffs.  He was a member of the Steel Workers Local 6787 and enjoyed riding his motorcycle, driving around in the convertible, traveling with his wife, Lou, and loved spending time with his family.
On September 8, 1985, Barry married LouAnn Yeager who survives along with their children, Barry (Gina) Hughes, Jr., Michael (Andy Brinkoetter) Ofman, Jeff (Melissa) Ofman, Devin (Sara) Hughes, Jessica (Lisa) Varney; numerous grandchildren; brother, Ken (Tami) Hughes; and stepmother, Pat Hughes .  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Paul Hughes.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Moeller Funeral Home 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with a Funeral Service on Friday, April 5th at 11:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Folds of Honor.


Sending our love and prayers! Barry was a great man and I have many great memories of him during my childhood. So sorry for your loss. -Adam Foust 

Barry truly was a great man. He will be missed. Prayers to all that new him. -Beau Robertson 

Deepest sympathy, He will be dearly missed, I loved when he like my post on Facebook and such We were cousins, He always was kind hearted person. -Rene Ayers 

So sorry to hear this news. Praying for you all as you navigate through this loss in all of your lives. -Art Ross 

Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you all. While we knew Barry as Jeff’s step dad and the kids grandpa, we also knew that he was an amazing man who truly loved those most important to him. Jeff has spoken many times about the effect that Barry had on him as a father and hearing those stories was an inspiration. We are so sorry for your loss! -The Glass/Martin Clan 

I am so very sorry for your loss. Barry was such a nice man and funny. When I would visit Pat and Roger sometimes Barry and Louann would be there and it was always such a great time with them. . My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. -Andrea Towner 

Barry is going to be dearly missed by many, I personally going to miss sending him stuff on messenger and him sending stuff back. Going to miss you buddy. God Bless. -Phil Rubino 

We truly will miss Barry at our gatherings....our families spent many years together in Pennsylvania and Indiana becoming best friends thru our Children...even when you all had to move away. We will Pray for all of you during this difficult time and may you find some comfort in your memories. Sending hugs and love to all of you. -Emma and Daniel Brendlinger 

You are in my thoughts may you find comfort at this time blessings for you and your loved ones my condolences Barry was always great team player at work he will surely be missed. -James Kent (Coworker)

Words right now are hard to find. As a fellow coworker of Barry's for over 27 years, I'd like to explain him, where I knew him. He was an OUTSTANDING person first and foremost. OUTSTANDING craneman. He handled each task easily and efficiently. He'd always go the extra mile to help out, whatever it is you needed! He was the kind of person you could approach and talk about anything and everything. He talked about his family often. If you were having a bad day, which there were many, you could look into his smiling face and within seconds forget your troubles. Now that's a gift. I'm certainly, ALL that knew him feel the same way. R.I.P. brother. God bless the family. -Craig Walters 

I am so very sorry to hear of Barry's passing. I have so many happy memories of you and your home as a teenager. Barry was always welcoming and kind to a noisy house full of kids! I will keep you all in my thoughts. Much love to you during this difficult time. -Noël (Luker) Wolf 

So there we were in 1989, me, my sister Heather and Barry, coming back from Cookies and going through the tunnel from Robinson to Bolivar. Barry stops his jeep in the tunnel, smiles and pulls out an M80. We light it, drop it in the tunnel and then make our escape to the other side to wait for the Thunder! Barry hits the gas and the Jeep stalls and drifts backwards into the tunnel! KABOOM! And just like that we all lose a small bit of our hearing but gain an awesome story! That's how I remember Barry. -Rick(y) Hughes 

Words cannot express how much Barry will be missed and how much he and LouAnn have meant to me over the years. We have been friends since the good old Bolivar days. Barry would take us shopping, to the movies, for a drive to get ice cream, or spend hours playing cards and laughing till we thought we would burst. I loved Barry. He was like a brother to me. May he be resting in GOD's arms and may GOD give LouAnn the strength to get through this devastating loss. -Jane HughesEl 

Sad to see Barry go and the fact he didn't get to enjoy his full retirement. Gonna miss seeing him at work and having our conversations when the line broke down or during labor work on the weekends and especially helping me with issues when i hired in. May you rest in peace dear pal. -Jeffrey Webber (co-worker) 

Our condolences to Barry's family. Barry was a wonderful co-worker and loved when he shared his work and life experiences with all of us. We'll miss 601 Barry, his cotton top silver hair and God has great things in store for him. -Rodney Pol 


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