John Pogue, 71, Bremen, died at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at Elkhart Hospice House, after a year and a half battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born Sept. 5, 1946, in Paragould, Ark. to Emmitt and Lucy Pogue. Pogue graduated from Madison Township High School in 1964. On July 23, 1966, he married Sue “Alice” Roeder at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodland.
Pogue served in the Army from 1969-1971. He fought in the Vietnam War for one year. Pogue was a tool and die maker most of his working days. or many years he operated Versatile Tool & Die Company and had worked at Superior and Continental Stamping, and also worked at Lycro Manufacturing. He had a shop at home where he liked to fix things and help others with whatever they needed. His first love was his family, then he loved golf, bowling, playing cards, and enjoyed the American Legion. He was also a great joke and story teller. The last year of his life, he liked working with wood. He made things for his family.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Pogue; sons: Mike (Susie) Pogue, Bloomington; and Dan (Beth) Pogue, Bremen; grandchildren: Nate, Mack, Sydney, Robbie, Gus, Georgia, and Dottie; mother, Lucy Pogue, Mishawaka; brothers: Tom (Sandie) Pogue, Wakarusa; Ted Pogue, Mishawaka; and sisters: Linda Pogue, Mishawaka; and Beth (Tom) Hamilton, Mich. He was preceded in death by his dad, Emmitt Pogue; and brother, Wayne Pogue.
Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Wakarusa. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at United Methodist Church, Wakarusa. Rev. Ed Geleske will officiate.
The family would request in lieu of flowers memorial contributions would be given to Elkhart Hospice House, Wakarusa United Methodist Church or Wakarusa American Legion Post 307.