RICHARD F. BUGHER JR., formerly of New Haven, died on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Joplin, Mo. at work. He was a 1st Officer of a Lear for Aerojet Services. “He was gregarious, hilarious, hardworking, dedicated, and Fun!” Born Dec. 2, 1961, in Fort Wayne, he graduated New Haven High School and obtained his Associates Degree from Scottsdale Community College after moving to Phoenix, Ariz. in 1982. Rich always loved adventure and achieved his life-long goal as a FAA licensed commercial jet pilot. “He could pack more work, play, family, friends and laughter into 24 hours than most people can pack into a year. He wa’s a devoted son, loyal yet pesky brother and greatly beloved uncle who could play harder and longer than his nieces and nephews.” He is survived by his parents, Richard F. and Margaret L. Bugher; sister, Tricia Peterson and her children, Garrett, Erica and Michael Peterson, and Kiersten May; and his recent fiancĂ©, Julie (Gross) Hasch. He was preceded in death by his younger, brother Kirk. Service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in the main sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne, Fort Wayne, followed by a celebration of friends and family at 2 p.m. in Mckay Hall. “Rich was a bright light that enriched all who met him. His loss cannot be measured.” In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association , First Presbyterian Church or Turnstone Foundation.

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