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Joseph M. Dugan

July 24, 1938 ~ December 16, 2022 (age 84) 84 Years Old


Joseph M. Dugan, 84, of Brownsburg, IN passed away on Friday, December 16, 2022 at Countryside Meadows in Avon. He was born in Indianapolis, IN on July 24, 1938, the only child of Michael D. and Marie M. (Gumbel) Dugan.  Joe graduated from Brownsburg High School with the class of 1957, and in 1959 he took a chance on a blind date, and on April 5, 1961, he and Connie F. (Caskey) Dugan were married.  They completed their family with the birth of their daughter, Andrea.  

Joe coached Andrea’s softball teams for many years and continued to be active in the Avon Junior Athletic Association as a volunteer, coordinator, coach, and president. If he wasn’t coaching, he was playing on 50 and over softball leagues in Indianapolis, and pitching until the ripe age of 75. He was a charter member of the Avon Rotary Club and responsible for organizing the annual golf outing, which has become one of the largest rotary fundraisers for college scholarships. Although Joe did not play golf much, he so enjoyed giving back by organizing the golf outing and five years ago, the golf outing was renamed the Annual Joe Dugan Golf Open Scramble. He also initiated ‘An Apple for the Educators’ program for Rotary, recognizing Washington Township Educators. He always made sure he could go to his grandchildren’s school to honor the teachers there, and of course see his grandchildren. He was an active member of Bartlett Chapel Methodist Church, volunteering as Treasurer and other committees, and coaching their softball team for many years.

Joe proudly served his country in the US Army, serving 18 months active duty and four years in the reserves during the Berlin Crisis. He was honorably discharged in 1966. Joe made his career with Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance company, starting in the mail room and working his way up to retiring after 42 years of service as Sr. Vice President in 1999. Joe was an Irish boy at heart and enjoyed watching Notre Dame Football, and passing on his love of Notre Dame to his family. He was also a big fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as he grew up listening to Pirates ballgames on the radio with his dad. Most of all, he cherished his grandchildren, as they were his pride and joy. He was able to enjoy caring for his grandchildren when they were born until they started school, and he could be found pulling them around the neighborhood in the little red wagon, and attending all of their their events and activities until his health prevented him from doing so. Joe was a humble man with a strong faith who enjoyed helping others quietly.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Connie F. Dugan of Brownsburg, IN, daughter, Andrea (Dave) Speas of Avon, IN; two wonderful grandchildren, Collin and Emma Speas, and his furry friend, Dora the cat, and many special friends and family. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Joe’s private “Angel Nurse” Pattie Page Tyree and her dedication to “Team Joe.” Words can’t express the comfort she has provided to Joe and his family as Joe’s health declined.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Bartlett Chapel Methodist Church, 4396 E. Main St., Avon, IN 46123.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm, with an hour of visitation prior. Burial will follow in the Brownsburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to either the Bartlett Chapel Methodist Church or the Rotary Club of Avon.

Weaver & Randolph Funeral Homes entrusted with arrangements.



Tuesday, December 20, 2022
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bartlett Chapel U. M. Church
4396 E. Main St.
Avon, IN 46123

Funeral Service

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
1:00 PM

Bartlett Chapel U.M. Church
4396 E. Main St.
Avon, IN 46123

Graveside Service

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Brownsburg Cemetery
190 E. 56th St.
Brownsburgn, IN 46112

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