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Kenneth Paul Hughes
March 15, 1933 ~ November 15, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Kenneth Paul Hughes Sr. of Silver Lake New Hampshire passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, peacefully by the lake. Ken was born in Boston, MA on March 15, 1933.
Ken Hughes enlisted in U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and served 2.5 years at Brady field (tent city) on the Island of Kyushu, Japan with the 437th and 315th Troop Carrier Squadrons. The squadrons received the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation award. Upon his return he went on to earn a Doctorate degree in Law from Boston University.
Ken served in the F.B.I. from 1962-1987 as a Special Agent with expertise in firearms and fingerprints. His Bureau assignments were in Pittsburg, Memphis, Jackson where he was assigned to the Oxford, MS resident Agency. He retired as a Senior Resident Agent. Special assignments took Ken to Dallas in 1963 for the Kennedy assassination and to Selma, AL for Civil rights investigations in 1965. He also investigated the James Meridth march and shooting in 1966 in Hernando, MS; the Beth Israel Temple bombing in Jackson, MS 1967 The Jackson State students’ riots and killings in 1970; the Grenada, MS school integrations. Ken also arrested an FBI top ten fugitive in Myrtle, MS.
In 1986, Ken received the Community Government Service Award for “Law Enforcement officer of the Year from the city of Oxford, The University of Mississippi and Lafayette County.
After FBI retirement, Ken worked as a criminal investigator in the Office of the Attorney General in Concord, NH from 1987 to 1997 at which time he retired to his home on Silver Lake, NH. In 1999, Ken assisted the U. S Postal Service and FBI in an undercover sting operation, “Busy Signal”, a telemarketing fraud matter in which he posed as an investor.
Ken was secretary, treasurer, vice chair and chair of the Northern New England Chapter of the retired FBI agent’s association. He served as a Deacon and Trustee for Madison Church. He was a volunteer driver in the Madison’s “Neighbor helping Neighbor program”.
He also served on the Madison Zoning board for over 20 years served as the President of the Retired FBI Association. He loved to golf at Indian Mound where he got his first Eagle on a par 4 and playing cribbage.
Ken was a devoted family man and a great friend to many. His wife of 62 years Muriel predeceased him in 2019. He is survived by his sons Kenneth Jr and Richard. His Daughter-in-law’s Virginia and Nicole, His grandchildren Holly and her husband Daniel Boice, Heather, Katie and Alyson.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M, on November 29, 2023, at The Madison Church, 53 Conway Road, Madison, NH; followed by a committal service at the Gilman Cemetery on East Madison Road. Family and friends are welcomed to gather at the Rivers Edge Tavern @ The Indian Mound Golf Course, Route 16 B, Center Ossipee, NH following the services for a time of reception and sharing.