John Mugford, Sr., 60

John G. Mugford Sr., 60, a resident of North Manchester, for 40 years passed away Saturday, April 12, in IU Health Goshen Hospital in Goshen. He was born to the late Raymond J. Mugford Jr. and Myra (Bone) Mugford in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on Aug.15, 1953.

John was employed with the town of North Manchester for 40 years and had been the Utility Supervisor for the last 20 years. John was a member and Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 286, Indiana Section American Water Works Association, where he held officer roles, Indiana Rural Water Association, and Indiana Vector Association. He proudly served his country in the United States Marines. He was also an avid outdoorsman. John was a loving husband to the love of his life, and a devoted father. His grandchildren were his life. He was a gift from God and a blessing to all that knew him. He adored his family and gave all of himself to his town.

John married Deborah King on March 30, 1974. She survives along with a son, John G. Mugford Jr. (Carrie), North Manchester; daughter, Mrs. Brett (JoHanna) Young, North Manchester; two brothers, Raymond Mugford III (Mary Ann), Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and James Mugford, Virginia; two sisters, Mrs. Vince (Diane) Menendez, Pennsylvania and Mrs. Gary (Maryann) Hoch, North Manchester; and five grandchildren, Bryce Mugford, Wyatt Young, Brendyn Mugford, Caden Young, and Jocelyn Young. He was preceded in death by two twin daughters, Shawn and Dawn and a sister.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Cordier Auditorium at Manchester University. Entrance will be off of East Street in North Manchester, with Pastor John B. Lowe officiating the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials are directed to Indiana Section AWWA, 5265 East 82nd Street-Suite 310, Indianapolis, IN 46250.

Calling will be from 2-6 p.m. on Monday at Cordier Auditorium at Manchester University in North Manchester.

McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, is entrusted with arrangements.

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Posted on 2014 Apr 14