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John "Jack" William Wuggazer

February 13, 1931 — November 30, 2022

John "Jack" William Wuggazer, 91, of La Porte, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Northwest Health - La Porte.

Jack was born in Van Dyke, MI, now Warren, MI, on February 13, 1931 to Martin A. and Dorothy M. (Kobb) Wuggazer.

On October 15, 1966 in Berrien Springs, MI, he married Barbara, who preceded him in death.  Jack is survived by his children, Deborah (Will) Kessler of Valparaiso and Jeff Wuggazer of La Porte ; granddaughter, Lauren Kessler of Valparaiso; sister, Kathleen Walker of Greeley, CO; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Martin; and sister, Janet.

Jack was a 1949 graduate from Berrien Springs High School.  In December 1951, Jack proudly entered the Marine Corps where he worked as an Aviation Engineering Clerk.  He was honorably discharged from active duty in December 1953.  Jack continued his military service in the Reserves until discharged in 1959.

After serving in the Marine Corps, Jack was a factory worker for 6-7 years prior to attending Valpo Tech, where he studied electronics.  Shortly after marrying his love, Barbara, Jack began working at General Telephone, later named GTE and finally Verizon, in May 1967.  In December 1993, Jack retired after 26 1/2 years of service in the telecommunications industry.  Unable to fully rest in retirement, Jack took a part-time position as a custodian at St. John's.  He finally retired from all service in 1999.

Jack started making wine in 1980 and continue until his passing.

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at St. John's Lutheran Church, La Porte, with Pastor Albers officiating.

A time of visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church.  Inurnment will take place at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church-General Fund, 111 Kingsbury Ave., La Porte, IN 46350.

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