John Joseph Dugan Sr., 86, died 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at Clay County Health Center.
Born Dec. 3, 1917, in Indianapolis, he was the eldest of six children born to John and Marie Melvin Dugan.
A graduate of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, and a successful businessman, Dugan started his long career in the food industry while still in high school when he began working with Kroger grocery. He moved to Brazil in 1952 and soon went to work for Chesty Potato Chips. Mr. Dugan left Chesty to lead his own food brokerage company, Dugan-- Doss Brokerage, in Indianapolis. The company became one of the largest and best known food brokerage companies in the mid-west.
He entered the U.S. Army in early 1941 and served until March 12, 1946. During World War II he served as an Infantry Company Commander with the 96th Infantry Division in the Pacific theater, participating in operations in the Philippines, as well as the invasion of Okinawa.
He was a devout Catholic and a long time member of Annunciation Church in Brazil.
Dugan was an avid golfer and played frequently, especially following his retirement.
His daughter, Jana Oehler, and siblings Mary Dugan and Pat Dugan preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Pauline "Holly" Simmons Dugan of nearly 52 years; three sons, John J. Dugan Jr. and wife Bonnie of Louisville, Ky., Timothy Dugan of Indianapolis, and Robert Eaton of Brazil; one daughter, Paula Eaton of Indianapolis; one brother, Bill Dugan of Indianapolis and two sisters, Anna Catherine Littlejohn of Indianapolis and Sister Amata of Saint Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute.
Eight grandchildren, Holly Oehler and Fritz Oehler, Anne Jones, Edward Eaton, Matthew Eaton, Caitlin Dugan, Elizabeth Eaton and Iyannah Eaton and five great grandchildren, Olivia and Kelsey Oehler, Cullen and Liam Jones and Jack Oehler also survive him.
Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Moore Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 3 p.m. Saturday at Annunciation Church with Father Rob Hausladen officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Annunciation Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.moorefuneralhome.us for more information or to send a condolence card.