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Mr. John G. Brugos, 96, of Seymour, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, at Covered Bridge Health Campus.
Born February 11, 1918, in Gary, IN, he was the son of John and Anna Barbara (Kanaual) Brugos. On September 7, 1940, in Crown Point, IN, he married Laura Louise Ida Baldauf, who preceded him in death.
John graduated in 1935 from Emerson High School. He went on to receive his apprenticeship in pipe fitting, working in several steel mills in northern Indiana. In 2013 he received his 65-year pin as a member of local No. 597 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.
Throughout John’s life, he was involved in various organizations. He was a founding member and first President of the Merrillville, IN, Little League. As a past member of the Seymour Noon Lions Club, he received the Lion of the Year Award in 2003. He was a member of the Foresters and a past member of the Winamac Car Club and the Merri-Squares square dancing group.
John loved to travel, ballroom dance, golf, read and keep up on world events. The highlight of his daily life was spending time with his family and attending all of his grandchildren's and great grandchildren’s events. His travels included going to Europe, China and Africa.
John was a beloved husband and brother, a dedicated father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and a genuine friend. He loved living life and took great pride in remembering names, being a good listener and spending each day learning something new. His smile and blue eyes lit up the room.
He is survived by his children, Michael John (Sharon) Brugos, Jeffrey Francis (Karen) Brugos, Carol Ann (Skip) Chandler, and Rochelle Louise (Dan) Doty; a brother, Dave (Shirley) Brugos; a sister, Helen Desiderio; grandchildren, Christopher (Jessica) Brugos, Todd (Jessie) Brugos, Brittany Brugos, Jeffrey Brugos, Matthew (Lea) Chandler, Ryan (Tennille) Chandler, Jacqueline (Christopher) Lauriat, and Elizabeth (Jamie) Borecki; and great-grandchildren, Owen Chandler, Samuel Chandler, Liam Chandler, Addison Chandler, Myles Chandler, Analise Lauriat, Emilie Lauriat, Lula Brugos, and Logan Brugos.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a grandson, Marc Owen Chandler; brothers, George Brugos, Steve Brugos and Theodore Brugos; and sisters, Magdalene Bastian and Martha Brugos.
A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 7850 West Goeller Blvd., Columbus, IN, on Sunday, May 25, at 5:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dennis McCarty officiating.
Memorials may be written to the Marc Owen Chandler Memorial Scholarship (Community Foundation of Jackson County), UUCCI Peace Camp, Hospice of Schneck Medical Center, and Covered Bridge Health Campus Activity Department.
All arrangements have been entrusted to the caring staff of Voss & Sons Funeral Service and Tri-County Crematory, Seymour, IN.
Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss Funeral Service email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home Website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.
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