Age 90, of Duquesne, died Thursday, April 24, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. Born May 7, 1923, in Duquesne, a son of the late Michael and Marie (Frederick) Jugan; and loving husband of more than 50 years to the late Margaret Popovich Jugan. He was a retired senior draftsman from Westinghouse Electric Corp. in East Pittsburgh with 43 years of service. He held many mechanical and engineering patents, including those for the hydro-electric systems at Niagara Falls. He served during WWII as a Mustang P-51-D fighter pilot in the 9th Air Force, 354th fighter group and 353 Squadron in France. During WWII, he flew many combat missions over Germany. He was knocked out of the sky when he strafed a German ammunition train which exploded and he was then taken as a German POW. He successfully escaped the POW camp and proudly served as a Mustang P-51-D USAF combat fighter pilot for the duration of WWII. He was a highly decorated war hero and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, along with other medals. He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Duquesne, a charter member of the Knights of Columbus #4210 and its 4th Degree Color Corp., member of the Passion Play put on by the Knights of Columbus, member of the former Knights of Columbus Senior Citizens, Men's Club of St. Joseph Parish, P51 Mustang Pilots Assoc. and West Mifflin Men's Garden Club. He also was the founder of the Knights of Columbus in Brazil, where he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp. for a brief time. He was the fantastic and loving father of sons, Thomas (Deborah) of the Pittsburgh, PA area and Michael (Tina) of Knoxville, TN. He spent many enjoyable hours hunting and fishing with his sons and rooting for his sons, along with his wife, at swim meets. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Michael and Maria Jugan; nieces and nephews; his dear friend and beloved companion, Martha Manns; and sister, Marcella Blasko of White Oak, PA. He was predeceased by his late brothers and sisters, Robert, Kenneth, and Paul Jugan, Marie McAllan, and Rosella Yusko. Visitation will be Friday, April 25, 2014, from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and Sunday, April 27, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon in the MALOY - SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral Prayers will be offered at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014, at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino, officiating. Interment with military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2014