Howard ‘Buzz’ Hughley


Posted: Friday, November 04, 2005


  Howard "Buzz" Hughley

Howard "Buzz" Hughley

Longtime Alaska resident Howard “Buzz” Hughley died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, at his home in Nikiski. He was 75.

At his request, Mr. Hughley is being cremated and no memorial services will be held.

Mr. Hughley was born Feb. 19, 1930, to Emery and Katherine Hughley in Deer Lodge, Mont. He came to Anchorage in 1947 and stayed there for three years while working as a cab driver and a longshoreman. He then moved to Seattle, where he attended vocational school for barber and hair styling. He bought two barber ships in Black Diamond, Wash., where he worked for several years before selling his businesses and moving to Sawyer’s Bar, Calif. While he lived there, he was working in logging and gold mining.

In 1972, Howard and Rose moved to Ketchikan and then to Fairbanks, Seward, Anchorage and Valdez. He worked as a barber in all these places and while in Valdez, he worked as a longshoreman.

Mr. Hughley lived and worked in Hope for about six years gold mining and logging before moving to Nikiski in May 1989, where he had resided ever since.

Mr. Hughley was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gold mining, camping and taking long walks. He also enjoyed spending time, playing with and taking care of his little dogs.

He is survived by his sister, Katherine Curtis of Seattle; and his former wife and longtime companion, Rose Hughley of Nikiski.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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