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Retired from Civil Service
Ashiq Mughni, 81, lived the last 20 years of his life as a resident of Alamogordo. He passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Mughni was born July 23, 1927, in McDonald, Pa., to the union of Abdul and Ola (Childs) Mughni. As the baby of the Mughni family, he always tried to follow in this brother's footsteps.
As his brothers before him who joined the military, Ashiq enlisted as well, serving his country for three years. He then attended the Harriet Beacher Stowe Trade Center in Cincinnati, where he took up shoe repair and cooking, and he became a master chef.
Late in life, he worked for the Cincinnati chapter of the Environmental Protection Agency, where he retired after 20 years of service. Married twice, he had a total of five children, Gloria Callaway, of San Diego, Ashiq Mughni Jr., of Cincinnati, Junaid Mughni, of San Diego, Hazel Mughni Watkins, of Cincinnati, and Anna Mughni, who preceded him in death.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren Shantay Mughni, Janita Mughni-Williams, Leah, David, Jessica, Ariel and Lydia Watkins and John Calloway; and 17 great-grandchildren, all who will miss him very much.
Mr. Mughni began traveling to Alamogordo in the summer of 1971. He continued to travel here until 1988, when he decided to live near his brother and sister-in-law, Nasir and Carrie Mughni, who introduced him to Doris Weese. She became the love of his life and his life partner for more than 20 years. With this union, he gained three stepchildren, David Garner of Denver, Debbie McCarty, of Alamogordo, and Matthew Weese; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Anna Mughni.
As the youngest of seven children, Mr. Mughni was fortunate to meet and love all his nieces, nephews and cousins down to the fifth generation. Mr. Mughni's greatest value in life was his family. He cherished and loved every one of them deeply.
A tribute to Daddy from Hazel:
"Daddy, I know that your time has come for you to take this brief rest. I know and believe with all my heart I will see you again. I love you so much. You have truly been the best example anyone in this world would look up to, even though you were so short. I know that I must go on and I will try with all my heart to fill the shoes you have left here for me to fill. I am so greatful to have you as my Daddy. The memories I hold of you are forever embedded in my heart, soul, mind and spirit. Thumbs up, Daddy, until I see you again in the kingdom of God, where here on Earth that will be made new.
You loving daughter, Hazel."
A memorial service will be Monday, July 6, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Hamilton-O'Dell chapel, with the Rev. Warren Robinson officiating.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 6 to July 20, 2009
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