In Loving Memory…

Michael S. Hughes

Michael Shane Hughes, 49, of Sedalia, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2019, in Sedalia.

He was born August 11, 1969, in Fort Worth, TX, son of Jim Heffernan, and Dan and Brenda Hughes.

On August 16, 1996, in Sedalia, he married LaDonna Lynn Vansell, who preceded him in death on November 9, 1997.

Mike served in the United States Marine Corps and worked as a police officer for many years.  He loved hanging out with his daughter and spending time with his family as often as he could.  Michael enjoyed shooting guns and watching the news.  He was an MMA fighter and a bull rider (but only once in his life).  He will be remembered for being funny, loving and having a heart of gold. He was truly an honorable man.

Survivors include one daughter, Autumne Hughes (fiancé Jacob Smothers) of Sedalia, MO; three siblings, Melody Hughes of Sedalia, MO, Patricia Debo of Warrensburg, MO and Brandi Wittmaier of Warrensburg, MO; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ronald and Norma Vansell of Sedalia, MO.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Heckart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Downing officiating.

Burial will be held in the La Monte Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps and VFW Post 2591.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project.


  1. Rather it be an hour from seeing mike or months he always rememberd everyone and treated them with so much respect and kindness,I know i will never forget how great of a man he was.Thank you for everything youve done mike,we will miss you.

  2. So sorry to hear about this. I will be thinking of you, Autumn. This is a lot for you to go through at your age. Be strong. Your family and friends will help you through this. You have a lot of good memories. Cherish them!

  3. Brother, I will miss you, but heaven will get another to guard the gates.

  4. Connie garrison

    What a wonderful man ,he will be missed by so many.

  5. Beverly and Richard Morris

    So sorry for your loss. My husband worked with him and really liked him.

  6. You will be missed forever my friend. Prayers for Autumne and all of his family.

  7. Amanda Mckeehan

    Autumn, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. Your dad was an amazing man. I don’t think I have ever seen a father love a daughter more than he loved you. I hope you know I am always here. It was my honor and privilege to know your dad. I luv ya kid. I pray for comfort and peace for you and your family.

  8. My brother Michael touched so many lives. He was a loving father to Autumne Hughes an amazing brother to all of us sisters and a wonderful son to our mother. Words will never express the loss we feel as a family

  9. Gary and Karla Grotzinger

    So very sorry to hear of your great loss. Prayers for you and your family. Mike was truly a wonderful person.

  10. Christina Daves

    sorry for your loss he was like a brother to me and Paul and a god father to my kids he was always there for my oldest son when he was in trouble

  11. Such a sweet guy with an amazing, uplifting personality. My prayers go out to the family during this rough time. Michael, you will be missed!

  12. Autumne, I am so sorry for your loss! Maddy and I will keep you in our prayers!

  13. He was a great men

  14. I will never forget the kindness you showed me in a moment when I needed it the most! God bless you Michael Hughes fly free my friend 💕

  15. I’m so sorry for your loss my condolences.

  16. Mike was my House Leader at Bridges of Missouri and was more than a good team member. In those days I was teaching drama out at Applewood Christian School and had a problem in that I couldn’t get off night shift in time to get there for my students’ performances in Chapel. When I told Mike about the situation his immediate response was, “What can I do to help?” Whenever I asked he would come in to work early (like 6:30 AM or so), then I’d work longer the next day. He helped me do both of my jobs better, and I knew he knew how important those kids were. Our last words to each other was a hope we’d meet again. That will probably take longer than I’d thought, but I have no doubt I shall see him in the very presence of Jesus in times to come.

  17. He was there for me when i was a troubled teen, and a friend through my adulthood. He will definitely be missed.

  18. He always greeted me with a smile, he was such a sweet heart. He even used to let me bring chicken nuggets into dukes and boots when he worked there. This is so sad to hear and he will be deeply missed! RIP Mike

  19. Daniel & Megan Williams

    See you in Valhalla one-day big guy , until then, we will take it from here, we’ll miss you brother.

  20. Ive known Mike for a very long time. I am shocked and sad. Prayers for the family.

  21. I had the honor to work with Michael for several years. I saw first hand how much he cared for Autnmne. I was luck enough to be able to spend time talking to him about many thing. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

  22. Oh my sweet, fun and stellar cousin. 😢 Our hearts are heavy!
    I’m so grateful for the memories I have to be forever cherished with you. It was a blast being roommates in the 90’s! The Burger King Hat, Boones Farm Wine, Bandana, men buying me drinks when we went to the club and I slid them right on down to my CUZ.
    Your light and excellence shall NEVER be snuffed out as a father to your beautiful daughter, a sibling, a child , an uncle, a cousin, a son- in-law, a police chief/officer/sheriff, a community leader, prankster, quick witted, funny remarks and shenanigans ….among only a few honorable mentions you are most deserving of. YOU WILL NEVER , EVER BE FORGOTTEN.
    I love you, cuz!! 😘 Enjoy being with all the family who welcomed you to your forever home. I look forward to seeing you all again.

    Jodi Justice

  23. Bill & Diane Hering

    Autumne, We are so sorry about your loss of your precious father. Mike was a good friend to our family. He used to stop by and just come in and sit for a while and decompress after his patrol. We pray that the Lord sees you through this nightmare of grief and that you will soon be able to find comfort and a few laughs in your memories. Blessings to your extended family as well.

  24. Needam Fane-Davis

    He was a great friend and a even greater big brother. I will miss him dearly. I met mike through mma fighting, i’m honored to have been so close to the people champ. Rest in heaven

  25. Autumne, I am do sorry to hear about your dad. He will be missed. He was so proud of you; he talked about you all the time. I am blessed to have known both you. Stay strong my dear. You are in my prayers.

  26. So sorry to hear about the loss. I always enjoyed working with him. He will be missed by many. RIP

  27. I love you so very much Michael. We had so many in depth conversations. You picked me up when i was down. I picked you up when you were down. You are loved by so many! You are at peace finally and those of us left behind are at a tremendous loss! Be at peace little brother. I 💘 U

  28. Such an amazing man. So sorry for your loss he helped get my boys in there car seats when they were little & climbing out of them. I’d tell them see there’s mike he’s going to get on to you would pull up & he would talk to them..My boys looked up to mike our chief of police.. Mike you will be greatly missed by many… R.I.P

  29. Sending my condolences to the family and especially to my 2 good friends Melody and Ryan. You guys are in my prayers. RIP Mike

  30. Brian Mastrofini

    Til’ Valhalla Brother! I had just spoken with you a few days ago. You will be missed and always remembered! My family will pray for you and your family.

  31. I am really going to be sad because he really was a good officer and a good friend I will pray for your family.

  32. Mike u will truly be missed. U are one of the only police officers juvenile officers that actually took these kids under ur wing and led them to a better life. U had a heart of gold towards everyone u came across. Prayers to autumn and family. Rip mike

  33. He had a huge heart for just about everyone he met. He will never be forgotten. The love he had for his daughter is indescribable. Autumn, we may have not talked in awhile but from what I remember you definitely have a good heart like your dad. I have been praying for you and your family. You are so beautiful and strong. We all love you.

  34. Ryan and Lindsay Sloma

    Autumne, you had an amazing father who loved you like no other.
    Mike was a great special man who touched so many lives; be it helping straighten kids out as the juvenile officer and later as a police officer. He had tons of friends. He’d help anyone any time no matter what.
    He gave me my first Law Enforcement job and that job is how I met my wife. Without Mike I would have never met my amazing wife nor had my amazing daughter. I owe a lot to him that I’ll never be able to repay.
    Farewell Brother. Semper Fi Marine. You were always loved and will never be forgotten.

  35. Mike you brought so much to my life in such a short time. Your messages, your words, sharing with me your poetry that you had written. The rough outer shell with a huge soft heat. I am thankful God put you in my life for whatever His reason. I have learned so much about you and what you stood for. I will never forget all that you taught me and brought in to my life. You are missed, will never be forgotten and you are loved. Rest easy Michael. Praying for Autumne and praying that she can find peace and comfort someday. You left an impression on so many. Much love.

  36. There are heroes who walk among us never looking for glory or praise. They don’t seek recognition to their thoughtful, and caring ways. Living lives of deep commitment providing for those they hold dear . Steadfast with quiet strength through times of laughter and tears. You were and still are that person to us.The most selfless man by far So Mike Hughes I want to thank you for being the Hero you was and still are You will always be remembered because A beautiful soul is never forgotten. Mike Hughes you will be in our hearts and memories forever. Fly high with God’s Angels I know heaven is beautiful because I know you are dwelling there now .. Peace and love to family during this sorrowful time .. RIP Mike .. You will be missed.
    Your friends David and Lisa Jones.

  37. So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  38. Jennifer and bill marquess

    So sorry for the family. Mike u will be missed. Rip our friend.

  39. You was truly a good friend and good man. You helped me and my family. You will be missed bro. RIP

  40. Mike you will sure be missed thanks you for serving our country and doing the best you can to help out are community rip will sure miss you Mike

  41. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  42. Rick, Angie & Cody Hatvey

    Sending thoughts and prayers.

  43. I knee Michael for awhile , he was a very sweet guy, i am in such shock to hear of his passing, Prayers to his Family, he will be missed.

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