Hugh Clayton Audas was summoned home by his Lord and Savior on March 23, 2013. A United States Marine and World War II veteran, Hugh was a Christian servant and husband of 65 years to his wife Mattie Audas, who was bedside when he went peacefully to glory. Also attending to Hugh during his final days in Tyler, Texas, was his daughter, Pauletta Bonner, his son Larry Audas and daughter-in-law Joanne.
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Hugh Audas was born February 20, 1922, and raised in Russellville, Kentucky. He joined the U.S. Marines on the 4th of July 1942, and served in the decorated Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 223. As a Crew Chief on the VMF 223's new plane, the Vought-Sikorsky F4U-1 Corsair, he prepared and repaired F4Us in multiple Pacific campaigns including Bougainville and the Solomon Islands. Qualified as a pistol and rifle Marksman, Hugh was honorably discharged after World War II with Honorable Service and Good Conduct Medals.
Hugh Audas and Mattie Evans married in Cincinnati, settled in Dayton, Ohio, and later moved to the Chicago area, where he managed inventory, shipping and construction. A born-again believer in Jesus Christ, Hugh served at Oak Forest Baptist Temple as a deacon, youth leader, Sunday school teacher and in multiple other volunteer roles. His Christian testimony was most evident, though, away from church, at home with his family and around others he sought to serve, lead and help. To his final day, Hugh was most thankful for his salvation and that of his family and loved ones.
Also surviving Hugh Audas are his grandchildren: Aaron Bonner and wife Kari, Daniel Bonner and wife Brandy, Dr. Kara Gallagher and husband Tim, Maria Audas and fiancé Stephen Chen, and Kristin Bonner. Surviving great-grandchildren are Caleb, Matthew and Emmalyn. Hugh Audas was preceded in death by his parents, Bessie (Fitzhugh) Audas and James William Audas; brothers, Forrest, Tom, Glen, Virgil and Guy; and sisters, Flossie and Dorothy.
The family will receive guests at noon and a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., March 25, 2013, at Tyler Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Tyler Memorial Park where Hugh Audas will receive military honors and unending devotion for the family and faith God used him to build during his 91 years of life and service.
Romans 8:28 was the life verse of Hugh Clayton Audas - Semper Fidelis.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 24, 2013