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Diane Hughes

Diane Hughes, 61, of Tipton, Ind., passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.
She was born on Sept. 20, 1959, in Akron, to her parents, Bennie Zielke and Margaret Zielke (Hucke).
Diane graduated from Carey High School in the class of 1977. She then went on to attend Tiffin University, where she graduated at the top of her class with a degree in medical transcriptionist. Diane worked for Marathon as a secretary in Findlay and was eventually transferred to Indy in the Speedway Division. For a time Diane worked for a consulting firm called Millian and Roberts. It’s safe to say that Diane was successful in anything she set her mind to. Later in life, Diane earned her certification as an insurance agent. She worked for Daniel James Insurance in Indy and then made her way to Tipton to work for Everett Hughes Insurance Company. The city of Tipton greatly benefited from Diane’s amazing customer service. She truly loved her work and it showed!
Anyone who crossed paths with Diane would tell you how amazing she was. Her personality was loving, kind and generous! She loved being there for people. She may have been the smartest person in every room she stood in, but her humble spirit always led the way. She took the time to genuinely get to know others and find the good in them! She loved her family with all her heart and took advantage of every opportunity given to brag on them!
In Diane’s spare time you most definitely would have found her enjoying Ohio State Buckeyes football. Adding the Ohio State marching band (TBDBTL) to the mix overjoyed Diane! She may have been the most devoted Ohio State fan in the history of Ohio State fans. Diane also enjoyed Colts football if Ohio State wasn’t playing! You could also find Diane enjoying time relaxing on the beach and putting her toes in the
sand. But of course, more than anything she adored her family and treasured every moment she spent with them. Diane made this world a better place and she will be so greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her!
Those left to carry on Diane’s legacy of love are her mother, Margaret Zielke; children, Beau (Holly) Woodrum, Shannon (Richard) Thomas; grandchildren, Paityn Thomas, Nicholas Woodrum, Chelsea Woodrum, Mackenzie Woodrum, Henry Thomas, Brooklyn Woodrum; brother, Ron Zielke; sister-in-law, Michele (Judy McQuoid) Woodrum; nieces, Megan (Chris) Ross, Danielle McQuoid; nephews, Sean Zielke, Zachary Woodrum, Royce Woodrum; mother-in-law, Shirley Woodrum; and beloved animals, Hannah and Olive. Diane is also survived by her ex-husband and father of her children, Kent Woodrum. Even though the two had not been married for many years, they maintained a close friendship and were very helpful to one another.
Diane was welcomed into Heaven by her father, Bennie Zielke; husband, Everett Hughes; maternal grandparent, Lucille Hucke; and paternal grandparents, Bennard and Elva Zielke.
A funeral mass celebrating Diane’s life will be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Tipton, with the Rev. Dennis Goth officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 5-8 p.m. at Taylor and Cowan Funeral Home, Tipton, with a rosary service starting promptly at 7 p.m. Committal will take place immediately following the service at Tipton’s St. John Cemetery. To honor and celebrate Diane’s love for sports, her family is inviting everyone to wear their favorite team jersey on Tuesday evening.
Taylor and Cowan Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences or special memories of Diane can be left with her family on her tribute wall.

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