John Hugus
1956 - 2013
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John J. Hugus M.D.

John J. Hugus M.D., age 57, Wausau, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, after a courageous 17 year battle with Multiple Myeloma.

He was born March 1, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, son of Floyd and Jean (LeTourneau) Hugus. On July 20, 2013, he married Robin Nye in Wausau. She survives.

John graduated from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude in 1978 and earned his M.D. from University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1982. In 1987, he completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Iowa followed by a fellowship in Spine Surgery at University of Vermont, Hammersmith Hospital in London, England and Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia. John practiced medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, Spine Care Specialists of Wisconsin where he served as Medical Director and most recently as Chief of Surgery at Aspirus Spine and Neurosciences Institute, Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was a member of Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, North American Spine Surgery, Blount Schmidt Spine Study Group, International Spinal Injection Society, American Medical Association, Wisconsin State and Marathon County Medical Societies, Scoliosis Research Society and Fellow, American College of Surgeons.

John was not only a highly skilled and respected surgeon but a loving and loyal family oriented man. John was a lover and giver to all who knew him. He was always known for the best hugs and a smile that would light up any room. John liked to be known for who he was not what he did, when asked about his occupation he would answer "janitor" rather than a spine surgeon. His humor touched every relationship and enhanced his love of life.

John enjoyed biking and was a high school collegiate swimmer. He was an avid cross country skier who founded the Knicker Nordic Ski Club, coached both the Wausau West Ski Team and Junior Olympic National Ski Team and served as secretary of the Central Wisconsin Skiing Association. Over the last several years John helped organize the Junior Olympic Qualifiers at Greenwood Hills Country Club. He also enjoyed canoeing in which he won multiple National Champion Marathon Canoe Races. John was an inspiration to many and worked hard so others could achieve success.

Survivors include his wife, Robin, Wausau; children, Ellyn Hugus, Wausau, Benjamin Hugus, Marquette, Michigan, and Mark Hugus, Wausau; step-children, Emily and Tyler Gilles, both of Wausau; his parents, Floyd and Jean Hugus, South Bend, Indiana; brothers, David Hugus, Wausau and Stephen Hugus, Indianapolis, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Hugus.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013 at Nine Mile Forest, Ski Chalet, 8704 Red Bud Road, Wausau. Rev. Dee Talley will officiate. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau, and again on Friday following the services at Nine Mile Forest.

Memorials may be directed in John's name to the Knicker Nordic Endowment Fund, 3800 West Wausau Avenue, Wausau, WI 54401

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Published in Wausau Daily Herald from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2013.
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October 3, 2019
John is not only held dear by family and close friends, but by his patients as well. I think of him often, usually at times when I am doing things that wouldnt be possible without the surgery he performed in me. His expertise was second to none, his personality and bed side manner was even better.
Dina Rasmussen
December 3, 2013
Dr Hugus did my surgery in 1997 and my husbands in 2010. He also did my Mother's. We all had great results and thank him for our better lives. We just found out today. He will be a hard Dr. to replace
Kathy & Wayne Laher
November 27, 2013
Just recently heard of Dr. John's passing. He did my many surgeries and I will forever be grateful for his kindness and skill. He was not just my doctor but my friend. Never too busy to answer questions and always gave me the time I needed to adjust to what he was going to do. I'm so very sorry for your loss and sent all of you, Angels, to comfort you.
Alice & Bob Younger
November 20, 2013
John was such a fun-loving, brilliant and humble person. It was my honor and pleasure to have been his friend at Dartmouth. My condolences to his family.
John J. Evans '78
November 8, 2013
I, too, am so sad to hear about John's death!! We were very close friends for a long time, usually always "hanging" with Jeff Pontius, too, am I right? What a sad loss and what a wonderful man....Tayloe Holton (Loftus)
Tayloe Loftus
November 1, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing.
Terry Ann Scriven D'78
October 29, 2013
It has been difficult to express our feelings about Dr. Hugus' death. He was a wonderful person who was able to raise children & chickens and the spirits of the suffering. Our lives were enriched by his work and friendship. It is great to see how his compassion spread through and strengthened the entire community. We miss him. Ed & Maren Rahn
October 23, 2013
Im so sorry to hear of his death. My heart goes out to his family and staff. Dr Hugus opperated on me last year and did a great job. Im so thankful for him.
stephen grigsby
October 22, 2013
Dr.Hugus,You are a gift from God.You took care of my 2 daughters from 2008-2013.We were blessed to benefit from your skilled care,your compassion,and your total concern of their well being..You will greatly be missed,and will never be forgotten..Sympathies to the Family,Friends,and Co-workers..
October 21, 2013
Over the years I've had the privilege to witness Dr. Hugus' expertise in helping many of my patients. I found myself in need of his help a few years ago. His compassion and consummate skill restored my ability to enjoy the passions of my sports and I will forever be grateful to him for this.
Shee-Chang Tang
October 20, 2013
He was a wonderful Doctor.
October 18, 2013
We were so sad to hear of John's passing, we have many fond memories as Bob built the Log Home in the Northwoods. We wish to extend our sympathy to Ellyn, Ben and Mark and to Robin who we never really got to know. Bob remembers John with the Sauna and chopping holes in the ice to jump in. So many fun memories of the Hugus's. John, you will be in our prayers.
Bob & Mary Ellen Poggemann
October 16, 2013
Just recently heard of Dr. John's passing. So sad to hear of it. He healed my wife's spine problems this past February and we are ever so grateful for his skill and gentleness.
God bless you Dr. John.
Gerald and Mabel Schmidt
Nekoosa, WI 54457
October 16, 2013
Robin, and the Hugus Family,
I'm so very sorry for your loss... I know you have many happy memories. Thoughts and prayers are with you, and God Bless...
Cara Seltrecht (Wielgus)
October 13, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the Hugus family.
Dr. Hugus operated on my neck, in 1995. I was able to continue my collegiate studies and activities in sports, and without any pain or handicap. He had a way to really make you comfortable and happy. Even today, Dr's who look at my MRI's mention the fantastic job Dr. Hugus had done on my neck.
A very gifted surgeon which the Central Wisconsin community, and medicine in general, will sincerely miss.
A truly gentle, compassionate human being. Everyone that met him, I'm sure, is saddened by his early passing.
R Davis
October 12, 2013
I remember the family well - we all attended First United Methodist Church. I remember John's care for his twin-brother Mark. I too am fighting cancer and agree with what John's life seems to prove - you're alive as long as you're alive. Live to the fullest. I know Mark and John are eagerly awaiting their family to join them in Paradise.
Joan Evans
October 11, 2013

the world is a sadder place without John. He was not only an amazing doctor but a kind, generous, and caring person who brought joy into the lives of all he met. He was a man for all seasons and will be truly missed. Ken and Bonnie Lyon
October 11, 2013
Thanks for the memories. Betty Rusquist
October 11, 2013
i met John while he was doing his residency in iowa city. everyone at the university loved him. great man. we will all miss him
mike steele
October 11, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a good friend and we swam together many years with the Marlins and Jackson H.S. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Hugus family.
Steve Weisser
October 11, 2013
My deepest sympathies to your family. Dr. Hugus was a great surgeon with the kindest eyes! Because of his skill, I was able to return to the career I love! Never to be forgotten! Another angel in heaven. May you find peace and comfort in God.
Julie Diedrick Cyran
October 11, 2013
I am sorry for your lost and my heart goes out to you. Dr. Hugus did back surgery and without his skill, I would have been in a wheelchair at 35. He was a good man and gave me a bright future. I am blessed to have met him. Your family is in my prayers
April Harris
October 11, 2013
I am sorry for your lost and my heart goes out to you. Dr. Hugus did back surgery and without his skill, I would have been in a wheelchair at 35. He was a good man and gave me a bright future. I am blessed to have met him. Your family is in my prayers.
April Harris
October 11, 2013
Dear Robin and Family,
We were surprised by John's death, as he seemed healthy and active. After reading that he had multiple myloma, I understood. My first husband died of that when he was 43.
What a wonderful,active, and valuable life John lived. He will be sorely missed.
Marian and Bill (Seagren) Hall
October 10, 2013
I am sorry to hear of Dr. John Hugus passing. He did many of my spinal surgeries. He was a great person. A very caring man with a great sense of humor. I trusted him so much. He will be very missed. God Bless
Julie Hanna
October 10, 2013
Jody Hein
October 10, 2013
I coached John with my brotherTony in swimming. I will ALWAYS remember his contagious smile and sense of humor:):) I have thought of him and his family often. He will always remain in my thoughts and prayers. He is now in Heaven as a jokester and caring angel!!!! Hugs to ALL,Karen Kowals.
October 10, 2013
I am proud to have grown up with John in the swimming circles of his hometown, South Bend, Indiana. Indeed, as we all read the notes from many others close to him here, we better appreciate the lives he has shaped, his professional skills, but most importantly, the warm and wonderful personality that made John unique. John made the world around him a much better place, he made better people out of those of us lucky to have shared his company in life. I will miss you, pal.
Mark Mamula
October 10, 2013
John was my friend growing up in South Bend, We had great times swimming with and against each other in summer club, Marlins and high school. I remember a Spring Break trip with John and Mark Mamula to Ft Lauderdale driving down in John's very tiny car. I think his humor was what got us thru the 20 hour drive! Rest in Peace my friend!
Dan Harrigan
October 10, 2013
With Deepest Sympathy.
Dr Hugus was my physician for two surgeries.
Thanks to him I've had so many good years.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nancy Thiel-Lemke
October 9, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the family. He performed surgery on 2 of my children. We thought the world of him because he took such great care of them. He was the best.
Deb Blaubach
October 9, 2013
In loving memory to a fantastic Doctor. I will be forever thankful for all you have done for me with my many surgeries. You will be truly missed.
Denise Griswold
October 9, 2013
Will always remember mowing lawns with John in Twyckenham hills and hanging out at his house on Brookmede listening to Seals and Croft..he was strong' motivated and a great swimmer..if he would have attended our 40 yr. reunion in 2014, he would definitely be one of the most succesful people there...John, thanks for trying to teach me the butterfly stroke,but I failed and went back to my dog paddle..
Mark Rosheck
October 9, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family for your loss. I swam with John in the 60's and 70's in South Bend. I remember that big smile he always had when I knew him. Such a successful fellow, such an unfortunate loss.
William Robert Dodd
October 9, 2013
Jim and I would like to extend our sympathies during this difficult time. John was such an inspiration to all of us even at a young age. He always gave his all which we saw and experienced in the pool. Jim was a swimmer with him at Jackson and always respected him. Our son turned out to be a butter flier, Jim always said John would have been proud of him. He reminded us so much of John's hard work and leadership. he will be missed but live on in all of us. love. Jim and Sue Petty
Susan & Jim Petty
October 9, 2013
I had the privilege of working with Dr. Hugus. He was a great man and will be missed by many.
Jennifer Hinker
October 9, 2013
There are no words to describe what an inspiration John has been all of his life. I have known him since kindergarten & everything he did throughout his life, was done whole heartedly & with joy & a sense of humor. He worked hard at everything & was great at everything he did. School, swimming, wonderful son, wonderful father, surgeon, dedicated friend. He did it all with love & true caring. I'll never forget when we were in Jr. high & he had rheumatoid Arthritis. He had to take so many aspirin per day & he never complained. Instead, he stacked the empty aspirin bottles in his room that covered one entire wall up to the ceiling. ALWAYS a positive attitude. The world has lost a great person & God has gained an angel. Love & blessings to Jean & Floyd and John's 3 children. Marcia Lowe Leary
Marcia Leary
October 9, 2013
I am sorry to hear of John's passing. I was a classmate in medical school and remember him as always being friendly and upbeat.
Robert (Bobby) Dellinger, MD
October 9, 2013
We were so sorry to hear of the untimely passing of Dr. John Hugus. He was the one surgeon we trusted with our daughter's scoliosis surgery. He was such a wonderful doctor and man, and we will always cherish the good he did for our daughter. May God bless his soul.
Bill & Teri Jenkins
October 9, 2013
I dated John in high school. I have not had contact with him for many years. Reading about his life and the comments people have posted, I am not surprised that he became a gifted and caring doctor, remained a talented athlete, and most important, was a great father and spouse. He was one of the most intelligent, talented, and modest people I have ever met. I am glad I got to know him, if only for a short time when we were young. I send my condolences to his family.
Annette (Grande) Magjuka
October 8, 2013
I went to Jackson High School with John and as I remember, he was always well spoken and nice to everyone. And quite a swimmer too! A tragic loss of a gifted man. We'll miss him.
Jan Mitchell
October 8, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I am proud to have called myself one of John's friends. I will always remember him from high school and college, the times we painted houses together, and replaced the engine in his Fiat one summer. The world lost a tremendous person. My thoughts and prayers are with the Hugus family, especially his parents Jean and Floyd, who raised a wonderful son.
Jack Leary
October 8, 2013
My family and I are so sad to hear this news. Dr. Hugus operated on my Dad's back many years ago before he passed away of multiple myeloma as well. Dr. Hugus also most recently operated on my sister's back. Our family has always had a special place in our hearts for Dr Hugus. The Hugus family is in our thoughts and prayers.
The Dennis Halpin Family
October 8, 2013
So saddened to hear that John passed esp at such an early age. I remember him from Jackson HS where I was the Drama Coach and English teacher. I hadn't known of John's wonderful accomplishments until reading his obituary this evening. He led a remarkable life and I know all of his peers and teachers from Jackson High will remember him fondly and send our sincere condolences to his entire family.
John Kauss
October 8, 2013
Dr. Hugus did two of my surgeries. I was lucky to be in his capable hands. I told my friends and family I would not trust anyone but him because he cared. He cared for me as a person not just a patient.

My sympathies to his family.
October 8, 2013
With humor and grace John inspired, encouraged, and challenged us professionally, athletically and personally. Thank you John.
Barb Bradley and Al Limberg
October 8, 2013
I was fortunate enough to have had the honor and privilege of working with and calling John Hugus a friend. He was not only an excellent surgeon but, a great man of integrity and kindness. He will be greatly missed! God bless you Dr. Hugus. My prayers go out to him and his family.
Jack Mason
October 8, 2013
Many things come to mind when remembering Dr. Hugus, like his kindness and his skill as a surgeon. But above all else I will always be grateful for the compassion he showed me, and the hope that he gave me during a time when my quality of life was greatly diminished. Even though it was clear how brilliant and gifted he was, he presented a solution and carried it out without an ounce of arrogance, remaining humble without the need of thanks. It is because of him that I am able to teach and coach play at a level I didn't think would be possible.
Dina Rasmussen
October 8, 2013
Dr Hugus was by far the best at his profession. I feel he gave me a new lease on life. My greatest sympathies to his family. I am honored to have had him as my surgeon.
Joanne Firkus
October 8, 2013
Dr.Hugus did two surgeries on me, I loved him as my doctor as he was so nice and made me feel very comfortable. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family!
Kathleen Kelly
October 8, 2013
I remember a conversation with John years ago, when I asked him how he accomplished all his championships in racing. "I don't focus on the loss" he said to me. Gifts of a life lived fully alive. May your legacy continue to inspire all of us, John. 'Till we meet again.
Darlene Antoniewicz
October 8, 2013
Was proud to work with John providing many spinal orthoses for his patients, he will be greatly missed!
Glenn Barclay
October 8, 2013
Having known John for many years I am deeply saddended by his passing. This is a loss not only for the medical community but for the greater community of mankind. Blessings to his family and all who he touched.
Eileen Goggins Schultz
October 7, 2013
Thank u Dr. Hugus for saving me from an invalid to the recongnized RN that I am today. Your excellent skill as a surgeon and wonderful, upbeat follow ups will always embrace mine and my daughter's lives. U were and always will be a remarkable surgeon and person. I will never forget u and how u made my liffe and girls better. Thank u!!! Always and forever.
Kristina Rutkowski
October 7, 2013
John was a man of true humility and dignity. His presence will be missed. I feel privileged to have worked with and known John. Thinking of the Hugus family.
Bonnie Samuelson
October 7, 2013
We will miss his smile and positive outlook on life. Our prayers are with all the family. Dan & Donna Fiorenza
October 7, 2013
Bye John ,it was great just having the privilege to call you friend
Ray Bauer
October 7, 2013
Prayers go out to the family of one of the best surgeons around. He will greatly be missed by all
Carla Kahre
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