William “Billy” Howard Hughes


William “Billy” Howard Hughes, 76, died Friday, July 15, 2022, in Waconia, Minnesota after a lengthy illness. He was born on September 4, 1945, in Oakland, California to Robert and Genevieve Hughes. He attended Sawyer Elementary School and graduated from Carlton High School. After college, Bill embarked on a career as a musician, first in a rock band (The Vacant Lot), performing at many venues throughout the country, and later as a talent agent. His love of music never left him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Robert; brothers James and Gary; infant niece Allison Crotteau, and brother-in-law Robert Clark. He is survived by his loving daughter, Melissa (Chad) Carlson; grandsons Nicholas and Zachary Carlson; sisters Gloria Clark, Patty (Kraig) Smith, and Cindy (Randy) Crotteau; brothers Michael (Linda) and Thomas; sister-in-law Rita Hughes; many nieces, nephews, and close friends including his best friend of 60 years, Mike MacMillan.

Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 28, from 4-7 p.m. at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7110 France Avenue South, Edina, MN 55435.

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