25353 Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:53am
DALLAS-Jerry Hughes, co-owner of Der Küchen Laden in Fredericksburg, TX and a long-time member of Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group, passed away on June 11. He was 61.
Hughes and his wife Penny purchased Der Küchen Laden in 1993 from Jan and Lou Buehn, who opened the store in 1979. Before purchasing Der Küchen Laden, Hughes worked in a number of other career fields including retail, the oil business, and was a bank examiner for four years.
Janis Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet Catalog, reflected on what Jerry Hughes meant to her and to the buying group. “A thoughtful and engaging merchant, Jerry expressed his opinions easily and in a matter of fact way that always left the door open for further conversation,” she said. “He will be missed for his insight into the human nature of customers and for his caring spirit.”
“As a long-time employee, I really appreciate everyone honoring Jerry the way they have. He was a very special man to his family, friends and employees,” said Rachel Siff, marketing director of Der Küchen Laden.
Hughes is survived by his wife Penny, two daughters, one son and daughter-in-law, brothers, sisters, and one grandson.