John "Jack" Martin Zugel

Thursday, June 4th, 1936 - Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
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John “Jack” Martin Zugel, 83 of Allegan, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Born June 4, 1936 in Otsego, Michigan, he was the son of the late John J. and Beatrice (Waldron) Zugel. He was a graduate from Allegan High School in 1954 and took several college courses at Vo tech of Allegan.

John was an extremely hard-working individual spending 13 years working at Harding’s Market and 23 years for Rockwell International, finally retiring from Stress Core after five years. Jack enjoyed bluegill fishing, gardening, playing “pay me” with family members and especially singing in the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church choir where he had also been a member of the Knights of Columbus. He had a deep love for family and thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren.

Surviving are his loving wife of almost 58 years, Delphine C. (Korson) Zugel; son, Brian (Toni) Zugel; daughters, Lisa (Joel) Moul, Kara (James) Ferris and Janeen (Gary) Morris; grandchildren, Jennie Zugel, Harrison Zugel, Dr. Carmen (Charles) Frede, Erika Moul (fiancé CJ Mancini), Kiersten Moul, Alyssa (David) Huizingh, Nicholas Ferris and Keaton Morris; his siblings, Joan Edgerton, Helen Brabon, Ruth Hurst, Andrew Zugel, James Zugel, Mary Hart, Mike Zugel, Mark Zugel, Anna Zugel and Jane Thomas.

Jack was preceded in death by his sisters, Irma Steiger and Margaret Vandall; and his brother, Joseph Zugel.

Due to recent regulations, Jack will be laid to rest privately at Hudson Corners Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at a later date. His last three years were spent battling dementia, while his wife, Delphine, was his primary care provider. Dear Lord, please make sure he finds his way. No man deserves eternal peace as much as our beloved Jack. Jack enjoyed some of his daytime spent in daycare at Generations located at the Allegan County Medical Care Facility and appreciated the care he received through Wings of Hope Hospice. If anyone would like to make a donation in honor of Jack, these would be the recommended charities of choice.
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    Hudson Corners Cemetery
    A37 and 118th Avenue
    Allegan, Michigan 49010
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Jackie Spreitzer

Posted at 01:16pm
Dear Zugel Family,

I send my condolences to each of you. Your dad was a wonderful man and a good neighbor. May memories keep him close to your heart. Prayers for each of you during this time.
Jackie Spreitzer

Erika Moul

Posted at 11:01pm
I can’t believe I won’t be able to hear your voice again. It feels like only yesterday we were tossing around a smiley face balloon and singing to Sinatra. I will miss your jokes and stories, daily wisdom, and hearing your chuckle from every room of the house.
You had so much character and weren’t afraid to be yourself, something I always admired and strived to follow. You taught me so much about life, like a second father. From how to fish, ride our bikes, play cards, tell a good joke, be useful, take care of things, and be a great person.
I remember vivid memories of my childhood and all of my favorites include you. You loved us with your whole heart, even when I KNOW we were probably the most annoyingly energetic kids ever. Never complained, you were always wanting us to have fun, a child at heart. You would spread shaving cream on the kitchen table so we could draw and be silly together, and make faces with your Honey Nut Cheerios. I remember when us kids decided to have a lemonade stand down the Flynn's driveway to “save the rain forest”... you didn’t tell us that we clearly had a bad location (you were our only customer all day) riding your bike by every half hour, anything to make us smile.
I remember once I was so nervous for a performance and (to a few people’s horror) you took your leg off just to wave it at me and say “break a leg!” I realized then you were always teaching me that you can’t be scared of anyone, if you scare them first.
You taught us how fun life can always be, despite any circumstances. Always positive and cheerful, you would take us fishing to help us understand the importance of patience kindness and faithfulness, a living leader in God’s word.
The night you passed, I was out fishing and saw the most beautiful sunset and bald eagle over the Colorado mountains. I was sharing stories to my friends about our times together and you must have been with me right then. I will always carry you in my heart. I couldn’t ever forget what you taught me about life, love, gratitude and happiness and your memory will live on through our future children and through every song I sing. They will know of your amazing selflessness, your kind spirit, and your brave soul. I’m so proud to have had a Grandpa as amazing as you and I will spend every day I have left making you smile and laugh from heaven.

carmen frede

Posted at 02:51pm
I will miss our fishing adventures and attempting to beat you at card games. You always were one to enjoy life to its fullest. I will never forget our beanie baby excursions, garage sale shopping, and going to McDonald's. You were the best grandfather a grand-daughter could ever have. You left your mark on many, mostly you taught me how to enjoy life by always smiling. You also gave me your humor and witty jokes (I did 8-it per that roadkill game we always played into town). I love you so much. Rest in Peace.

Jean Doman

Posted at 02:29pm
Delphine, I was truly sorry to hear about John's passing. Please know that I am sending you hugs and prayers

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