John Peter Mugg
Gertrude Kerkhoff
John Kerkhoff Mugg


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1. Martha Ann Beeker

John Kerkhoff Mugg 3 4

  • Born: 3 Sep 1917, Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, IN 1 3
  • Marriage (1): Martha Ann Beeker on 10 May 1941 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA 1 2
  • Died: 25 Sep 1999, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA at age 82 1 3
  • Buried: 29 Sep 1999, Bluffton: Six Mile Cemetery, Wells, IN, USA 3

   FamilySearch ID: LL42-NJ9.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Newspaper: Journal and Courier: Martha Beeker Saturday Bride, 10 May 1941, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 5 Martha Beeker Saturday Bride
A wedding of beautiful simplicity was solemnized at St. Boniface church Saturday morning at 8 o'clock, when Miss Martha Beeker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Manford Beeker, of Brookston, became the bride of John K. Mugg of Lafayette. Rev. Fridlon Schuster, O. F. M., read the ceremony before an altar adorned with ferns, white lilacs and lighted tapers. The children's choir sang. The bride was attractive in ivory slipper satin, fashioned with a sweetheart neckline and a full skirt tapering to a slight train. Her fingertip veil of tulle and lace fell from a tiara of orange blossoms and lilies of the valley. She carried a single cala lily in a pearl prayer book, from which fell a shower of white rose buds on white satin ribbon. Her only jewelry was a strand of pearls, a gift of the bridegroom. Miss Maxine Beeker, who served her sister as maid of honor, wore blue net and lace over taffeta, and Mrs. Ernest Wisley, bridesmaid, wore pink net and lace over taffeta. Both attendants wore matching shoulder length veils which fell from tiaras of rose buds. They carried roses and wore strands of pearls, a gift of the bride. Joe Mugg served his brother as best man. Ushers were Clyde Fiscus of Mitchill, and Arthur Hege. Breakfast was served at The Embassy. Roses and lighted tapers adorned the table. Immediately after the breakfast, Mr. and Mrs. Mugg departed on a wedding trip through the south. The bride is a graduate of Brookston high school and attended Lafayette Business college. She is employed by the J. C, Penney company and is a member of Psi Iota XI sorority, at Brookston. The groom is a graduate of Battle Ground high school and Purdue university. He is vocational agriculture teacher at Lancaster Central high school, Bluffton.

2. Census in 1950 in Bluffton, Wells, IN, USA. 6 The 1950 census recorded John K. Mugg, high school agriculture teacher, 32, living with wife Martha A., 30; and daughters Rebecca J., 7, and Judith A., 2. Everyone was born in Indiana.

3. Residence: on 11 Feb 1952 in Bluffton, Wells, IN, USA. 7

4. Residence: on 10 Jun 1965 in Bluffton, Wells, IN, USA. 4

5. Residence: on 25 Sep 1999 in Monroe, Adams, IN, USA. 1

6. Obituary: Bluffton News-Banner: obituary of John K. Mugg on 27 Sep 1999 in Bluffton, Wells, IN, USA. 1 A member of the Wells County Council since 1985, John K. Mugg, 82, of rural Bluffton, died at 3:20 p.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center at Lafayette after incurring a sudden heart attack.

Mr. Mugg had retired in 1979 after a 41-year career as a school teacher, spending 30 year at Lancaster High School and another 11 years at Norwell High School.

In his career as a public officer holder, Mr. Mugg was first selected in late July 1985 by a Democratic Party caucus to fill a vacancy on the County Council. He subsequently was re-elected to a full four-year term in the general election of 1988 and was successful in re-election bids for the office in 1992 and 1996.

He was employed also for over 50 years at Goodwin Memorial Chapel and had assisted at the former J.C. Penney Co. store in Bluffton.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, serving on its Parish Council and the Church Board. He was a member, past treasurer and board member of the Wells County Council on Aging, and a member of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association for 30 years as a crop inspector, the Wells County Retired Teachers Association, the Wells County Democratic Party, the Bluffton Lions Club,and a leader in the 4-H Club programs.

Mr. Mugg was recognized by the Wells County Council on Aging as its "Older Hoosier of the Year" in 1989.

He was a resident of 1988S 300E in Harrison Township. Mr. Mugg was born at Battle Ground, Ind., Sept. 3, 1917 to John P. and Gertrude Kerkhoff Mugg. His marriage at Lafayette on May 10, 1941 was to Martha Ann Beeker, who survives.

Mr. Mugg was a graduate of Purdue University in 1939 and subsequently earned his master's degree at Purdue.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Steven Mugg of Monroe; two daughters, Mrs. Becky Shady of Glendale, Ariz., and Ms. Judy Mugg of Warsaw; and three grandchildren. A brother, Joseph, is deceased.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Larry Kramer officiating. Burial will be in Six Mile Cemetery.

John married Martha Ann Beeker, daughter of Manford Earnest Beeker and Dena Coopman, on 10 May 1941 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA.1 2 (Martha Ann Beeker was born on 2 Oct 1919 in Brookston, White, IN, USA,2 8 died on 10 Mar 2009 in Bluffton, Wells, IN, USA 2 8 and was buried on 12 Mar 2009 in Bluffton: Six Mile Cemetery, Wells, IN, USA 8.)


1 Bluffton News-Banner, 27 Sep 1999, obituary of John K. Mugg.

2 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 12 Mar 2009, page 16. Obituary of Martha A. Mugg.

3 Find A Grave,

4 The Star Press (Muncie, IN), 10 Jun 1965, page 32.

5 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 10 May 1941, page 5. Martha Beeker Bride.

6 "1950 United States Census," John K Mugg Bluffton IN.

7 "Monticello Herald-Journal (Monticello, IN)," 16 Feb 1952, page 4.

8, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 034095 Martha Ann Mugg father Manford Beeker, mother Dena Coopman informant Steven Mugg son.

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