Rich Hugel
Rich Hugel

Aug. 28, 1929

June 25, 2020

LANDECK — Richard C. “Rich” Hugel, 90, of Landeck passed away on Thursday at Vancrest of Delphos.

He was born On Aug. 28, 1929, to Sylvester and Sophia (Burgei) Hugel. On Oct. 18, 1952, he was united in marriage to Betty Clement, who preceded him in death in 2015.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary (Tim) Dray of Fort Jennings, Carol (Lance) Buettner of Lima and Nancy (Bob) Wiechart of Fort Jennings; one sister, Velma Wehri; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Barb Seffernick of Delphos and Marilyn Clement of Mansfield.

Rich was also preceded in death by a son, Joseph; a grandson, Alexander Dray; and three brothers-in-law, Gilbert Wehri, James Clement and Alfred Seffernick.

Rich was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck. He had been a member of the United States Army from 1952-1954, serving during the Korean Conflict . He was assigned to the 148th division of the 105 Howitzer Unit to backup the infantry. Rich went to base camp at Polk, Louisiana and was stationed at Ft. Richardson in Alaska. His bunkmate was Bill Wensink and they developed a friendship that was more like family and were close their entire lives. He was also a member of the VFW Post 3035, where he had been Post Commander; Eagles Aerie 471; America Legion Post 268; and the Catholic Foresters. He was a self-employed truck driver and lifelong farmer. His farm recently received recognition as a Century Family Farm. Rich always loved leisurely car rides where he could check out the crops. Even as recent as right before quarantine, his family continued to take him on these family drives.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Church in Landeck. Burial will follow in the church cemetery where military grave rites will be performed by the Delphos Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Monday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Church in Landeck.