John Francis Dugan, 91, born May 22, 1927 in Auburn, died July 21, 2018 in the Commons on St. Anthony. A native of Auburn, he was the husband of the late Shirley Irene Gove Dugan and the son of the late John Patrick Dugan and Julia Irene O’Neill Dugan. He attended St Mary’s School and West High School, was drafted and finished his education when he returned following his service. John was a WWII Veteran, having proudly served with the United States Army. He was a member of the VFW and during his service, he was a prison guard in Belgium. John retired from Alco Products after 35 years of employment. He also managed Doan's Market and ran his own candy business, delivering candy around Auburn.
John enjoyed his tomato garden, raising roses, traveling the states as well as a gin and tonic and a cigar. Following retirement, he wintered in Florida for many years. Known as Mr. Fix It, he loved carpentry and was always willing to help others. He built his own home where he raised a family and lived for over 50 years. John was a devout Catholic, having been a life long communicant of St. Mary's Church and a member of their Men's Club. John and his wife Shirley married on September 17, 1949. He was her caretaker and always by her side until she passed in 1994. He cherished the time he spent with his family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his children Patricia Cameron, John Dugan and Jeff (Gina) Dugan; grandchildren Jessica (Ramon) Dugan, Stacy (Mike) Roche and Melissa Dugan; great grandchild Quinn Dugan; his companion Dorothea Mazzeo, with whom he enjoyed traveling with, going to restaurants and adored her baking; especially her half and half cookies; brother Ronald (Ann) Dugan; sisters Jean (Gary) Willis, Karen Sawaryn; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and his wife Shirley, John was predeceased by grandson John “Woody” Cameron; sister Marjorie Anthony; brothers Ray and Richard Dugan; and son-in-law Jack Cameron
Friends are invited to join the family for a Mass of Christian Burial to be offered at 11 am Wednesday in St. Mary's Church. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are by the Cheche Funeral Home Inc., 1778 Clark St. Rd., Auburn.
Contributions may be made in memory of John to Wounded Warrior Project Donor Care Center, PO Box 758540, Topeka KS 66675-8540