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John Albert Brugman Jr.

December 8, 2012
The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE, Mich. - John Albert "Jack" Brugman, Jr., age 84, of 2163 Center Street, Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday afternoon, December 6, 2012, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, in the loving, comforting care of his family.

Born October 30, 1928 in Marquette, a son of John Albert and Mildred (Anderson) Brugman, Sr., John was a lifelong resident. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the US Army. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Marquette where, on August 8, 1953, he married the former Joyce M. DePetro. Together the couple set up a home and raised their family in Marquette. John was employed with the former Bunny Bread Bakery as a baker before beginning a 22-year-long career as a teamster, employed as a sales deliveryman for Bancroft Dairy, Copper Country Dairy, and Jilbert Dairy. He later was employed as a bus driver-custodian with the Marquette Public Schools for 15 years. In retirement, he kept busy as a crossing guard for the Marquette City Police Department, working near the Father Marquette School, Sandy Knoll School, and Parkview School. John was an avid outdoorsman who especially enjoyed fishing, also hunting, camping, and taking his boys out every Sunday to hunt rabbits. He was an enthusiastic Iron Ranger Hockey fan. John was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church and Richard Jopling Post #44 of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; five sons, Michael Brugman of Munising, James (Kim) Brugman of Marquette, Steven (Carol) Brugman of Oconto Falls, WI, Brian (Kerry Laituri) Brugman of Gwinn, and Mark (Cynthia) Brugman of Harvey; his grandchildren, Jeff, Stacy, Jason, Justin, Jacob, Ashlee, Joshua, Matthew, Emily, Brent, Jeremy, and Cassandra; great-grandchildren, Brody, Dalton, and Weston; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mildred and John Brugman, Sr, John was preceded in death by a sister, Valerie Fleury; and brothers, Robert and Edward Brugman.

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John Albert Brugman Jr.

Friends may call at St. Christopher Catholic Church on Monday, December 10, beginning at 11:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon with Rev. Jeff Johnson as celebrant. John's grandchildren will serve as escorts. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial, with veteran's honors, will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at



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