Warren Pugh 1949-2020
Warren Marshall Pugh, 70, of Mayetta, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at his home in rural Mayetta.
He was born Sept. 4, 1949, in rural Silver Lake, the son of Marshall Ivan and Sarah Earline (Tibbs) Pugh. He graduated from Mayetta High School in 1968, from U.S. Naval Electronics and Crypto School and from Kaw Valley Vocational and Technical School in computer repair and networking, and he attended Washburn University.
Warren worked for Herb Edwards as a farmhand beginning in 1968 and for Santa Fe Railway in 1968 and 1969, then joined the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1975, after which he worked for Team Electronics from 1975 to 1977, in addition to being self-employed. He worked briefly for the State of Kansas at the Dept. of Human Resources, then for the Youth Center at Topeka from 1977 to 1978 and at Facilities Management (B&G) from 1978 to 1983. He began working for the Kansas State Historical Society in 1983 at the Kansas Museum of History, where he retired in 2011.
He also volunteered with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for several years, beginning in 1991, and with the Mayetta Rural Fire Department, beginning in 1992 where he served as safety lieutenant and firefighter. He had also been an EMT and taught hunter’s safety. He served on the PBPN Department of Planning & Environmental Protection and on the PBPN Solid Waste Committee. He was a member of Potawatomi United Methodist Church.
Warren was united in marriage to Tina Heinsohn Pugh on Oct. 27, 1984 in Topeka. They shared 35 years of marriage. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include four children, Sara Worcester (Matthew) of Delia, Ginger Pugh (Brian Nelson) of Olsburg, Lee Pugh of Delia and Anna Comer (Darby) of Mayetta; and two grandchildren, Elaine and Warren Worcester.
An outdoor funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 1 at the Warren Pugh Family Farm, 10198 158th Rd., Mayetta, followed by the committal service at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Silver Lake. Those attending the service are asked to wear masks, practice social distancing and bring your own lawn chair. Warren will lie in state on Sunday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt.
Memorial contributions may be made to Potawatomi UMC and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 280, Hoyt, KS 66440. Online condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com