Hughey G. Deal

January 17, 1937 ‒ September 10, 2014

Delaware, Ohio


Hughey G. Deal, age 77 of Delaware passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Grady Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.

He was born on January 17, 1937 in Delaware to the late Elmer and Nora (Young) Deal. A graduate of Radnor High School in 1955, he was a lifelong resident. Barbara Culver caught his eye while in school and they were married in 1958. Together they raised a wonderful family and enjoyed life’s journey.

Hughey first worked with Marshall Pontiac and the Delaware City Fire Department. He also worked as a maintenance foreman with Sunray Stove and until 1978 with Ralph’s Marine in Delaware. He owned and operated Deal’s Boat Shop in Bellepoint until 2004 and for 15 years was a bus driver for the Delaware City School System.

A lifelong mason, he served as Master of Hiram Lodge No. 18 in 1986, High Priest of Delaware Chapter No. 54, Illustrious Master of Sidney Moore Council No. 84, Sovereign Master of George R. Fitez No. 229, Grand Marshall of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, District Deputy Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, Eminent Commander of Commandery No. 36, and was Knighted a Knight York Cross of Honour in 1997.

He served as a leader with Cub Scout Pack 393 and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 393. A founding member of Delaware Christian Church, he also served as President of the former Sertoma Club in Delaware.

Hughey enjoyed a passion for camping, fishing on Lake Erie, and wood working. Described as one who liked to tinker, he had an interest in boats and motors.  Having a good sense of humor, he was a delightful story teller. Kind and easy to befriend, he always seemed to be in a good mood and willing to talk politics.

He took pride in his Masonic journey, seeing his son and others obtain the Eagle Scout rank, watching his grandson play basketball, and teaching his grandchildren how to fish.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife of 55 years Barbara, son Jeff (Sue) Deal of Bradenton, FL, daughter Debbie (Merle) Treese of Delaware, grandchildren Jasmine and Sydney Deal, Isabella and Tyler Treese, 2 step-grandchildren James and Nicholas Kimon, 7 step-great-grandchildren Coby, Demitrios, Nevaeh, Kalob, Jewel, Danika, Maizy, and sister Marylou Mitchell of Marysville.

He was preceded in death by grandson Dylan Deal, sisters Eleanor Hanley, Effie White, Martha Morris, and brother Elwood.

His family will forever be endeared to the ICU nurses at Grady Memorial Hosptial; Sarah, Ann Marie, and Kelly for the care.

Friends may call 2-4 & 6-8 p.m., with a 8:00 p.m. Masonic Service on Friday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr., Delaware, where services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday with Jack Knox Minister officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to HomeReach Hospice, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware, Ohio 43015 or the Simon Kenton Boy Scout Council.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Our prayers are with the Deal and Treese families during this difficult time. We will always remember Hughey’s wonderful smile and his kind and gentle nature. He will be missed.

  • My sister and I remember him well. He was our bus driver in elementary school and was always so kind to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.

  • Barb, So sorry to hear about Huey’s passing. Always remember our trips together. Especially the one to Branson when Huey had to keep the bus running. I heard from Carol D. about Huey the last few years. Marilyn

  • Hughey Deal was the sort of man we should all aspire to have in our lives. His dedication to family and community speaks well of the man so many of us were blessed to know.

    Our family knew him in many capacities… fortunate we have been to know Hughey. Each time I asked students to request a driver for a field trip, Hughey would be their preference; students bartered to have him in their lunch group.

    We will miss this dear man; we send strong positive thoughts and prayers to his family and friends as they work through their loss.

    Thank you for sharing Hughey with all of us.

  • I’m so very sorry for your loss Debbie. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of Hughey. He was my bus driver though middle school, was such a sweet and upbeat person. He will be missed.

  • Debbie and Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Your dad and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Supply Chain Team- Mike, Dave, Ned, Jay, Tim, Wendy